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Things to Consider About Field Research
When planning questions to ask yourself:
- What will you learn from the meeting or person interviewed that adds to your academic research?
- Do you need to interview the mayor on affordable housing if his views are published widely in newspapers?
- Are you prepared?
- Have you thoroughly researched the topic?
- Write your interview questions and test them out with a friend or family member ahead of time.
- Write questions for the community meeting, and be prepared to listen for the answers. You may need to raise any questions that are not addressed.
- Take photo/interview release form(s) with you.
When attending a community meeting or giving an interview
- Bring a notebook to take notes because audio recording is not always permitted.
- Plan to take photos or video. Borrow a camera from library or take your phone.
- Consent is required when recording people and taking pictures. Children (including teens 17 years and younger) may never be photographed or recorded without written parental consent.
Types of Interviewing
Face to Face Interviews
Phone Interviews (Protect your privacy - Set up Google Voice)
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