Years ago, in the burgeoning field of cultural anthropology, ethnographers began discreetly observing research subjects from within a community. It was a novel approach; instead of bringing subjects to them in a controlled setting, researchers would immerse themselves within a group, asking questions and conversing with individual subjects with..
Oftentimes, one of the first things companies do when starting a large-scale market research project is conduct in-depth interviews (IDIs) with various types of respondents; IDIs can help businesses uncover information about which they weren’t previously aware, thus providing a means for narrowing or sharpening subsequent research focus.
In-depth interviews are a qualitative data collection method that involves direct, one-on-one engagement with individual participants. In-depth interviewing can take place face-to-face, or –– in some cases –– over the phone. However, for the latter to be effective and to deliver reliable information, the interviewer must be highly skilled to..
In-depth interviews are an excellent source of primary data for researchers looking to answer more complex or open-ended questions, but only if best practices are followed. If you are looking for ways to improve the quality, accuracy or relevance to your in-depth interview responses, read on to learn four of the most important guidelines you..