Conducting effective interviews takes a great deal of planning, skill, organization, and experience. The reading from Family Health International provides very helpful information about the purpose of interviews, ethical issues, logistics, and detailed steps for conducting effective interviews. Pitney and Parker (2009, pp. 45-49) also described a step-by-step process for conducting interviews, and Rabionet (2011) provided an informal description of her experiences learning to conduct interviews, the lessons she has learned, and literature or resources that have been helpful during the process. If you are using a qualitative methodology, review the technology available to assist in data collection. Explore available tools and software for recording interviews that will allow for ease in transcription, especially if a transcription service will be employed. Available resources include your facilitator, documents and articles, and YouTube videos. Question: Discuss the major steps involved in planning and conducting interviews, as described in this week’s readings. Consider which step or steps you believe are more important than the others and explain why. Discuss challenges you might encounter while conducting an interview and how you would handle them. Describe some of the skills necessary to be an effective interviewer. Which of these skills would be most challenging for you? Competency: Ensure research study participants’ privacy and confidentiality. Learning Objective: 1. Plan and conduct interviews for the purpose of answering a specific research question.
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