Interview Methods Workshop

The Department of Political Science will be holding a 4-part module on Interview Methods Workshop for graduate students online via Zoom every Tuesday at 10:00 am PST on June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21. The workshop facilitator will be Prof. Lisa Sundstrom.

We highly encourage all participants to attend Module 1 (June 30), as this would be the most important module in the series. Students can feel free to pick and choose any or all of the other modules to attend.

The module topics are as follows:

Module 1 (June 30, 10 am – 12 pm): Overview of interview methods and design considerations (2 hours)

  • Purposes: why or why not to do interviews?
  • Types of interviews (populations and interview types)
  • Designing interview research (validity, ethics, practical considerations and access)

Module 2 (July 7, 10 am-11 am): Interviews in risky situations (1 hour)

  • Your safety
  • Participants’ safety
  • BREB
  • How to build trust for access and get at truth effectively?

Module 3 (July 14, 10 am-11 am): After the interview: Data management and data transparency (1 hour)

  • Digest information and impressions, organizing materials after interviews (notes to self, organizing recordings and materials safely)
  • Recordings or not? Transcribe or not?
  • Considering what you can make publicly available.
  • Software that can help: NVivo (brief info – not a tutorial!).

Module 4 (July 21, 10 am-11 am): Remote interviews: pros and cons, modifications (1 hour)

  • What is gained and lost through remote format.
  • Security of videoconference technology.
  • Protocols for recording and saving files, consent.

Please RSVP for the workshop by June 26.

RSVP here.