Interviews and focus groups are the most common methods of data collection used in qualitative research. This 1-day course provides a detailed overview of both approaches: their benefits and challenges, how to prepare, effective types of questions, key skills involved, and how to create a protocol for the interview. This is an introductory course with an applied focus meant for those who are new to conducting individual or group interviews. Participants will have opportunity to practice new knowledge and skills through role-play in small groups.
This is a special reading week workshop, being offered by the Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods (LSIRM), a summer school offering introductory and advanced training in research methods organized by the Laurier Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) and the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP). Workshops are open to everyone.
About the Instructor
Sue Weare has a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, specializing in community and organizational practice. Throughout her career in the public and non-profit sectors, Sue has been responsible for coordinating a variety of participatory engagement processes, community-based research projects, and organizational or community capacity-building programs. She is Associate Director of the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) at Laurier and a research associate with The O’Halloran Group (Guelph). Sue is known for her vitality and ability to build strong community connections and partnerships.
For questions or more information, please contact Sue Weare, Associate Director of the CCRLA, at email@example.com.