6 Steps for an Effective Research Interview


For better or worse, someone somewhere has been where you are now.   Step 1: Decide on Objectives What exactly are you trying to find out?  Write out your objectives on a notecard.  Keep that notecard in front of you while you write out your questions.  Your questions should, for the most part, be based […] Read more »

8 Steps to Implementing an Excellent Survey

A survey is a form of art: carefully crafted to reveal truth.

#1: Determine Objectives As an inquisitive person, I understand the allure of wanting to ask as many questions as possible. However, if we want our participants to be respectful of our surveys, we must first be respectful of their time. Once you determine your objectives, you can use them to take out the “fluff” or […] Read more »

4 Benefits to an Expert Observing Your Organization

Is the gravity pulling you down a fact of life or an opportunity for growth?

Participant-Observation is a technique used to not only collect information about a group of people but to also experience the group’s activities first hand.  The technique involves simultaneously participating while observing a group of people.  In my own research on a university writing center, for example, I worked as a writing tutor and went to […] Read more »

3 Uses for Ethnographic Methods

The ultimate research instrument connects researchers to a world normally beyond our own reach, the truth of the social world.  This instrument is the researcher.

Imagine this: you’re looking through a microscope at the very essence of what makes up our universe.  The microscope connects you to a world normally beyond your reach.  This instrument allows researchers to discover problems right within the molecular composition of your blood cells.   The ultimate research instrument connects researchers to a world normally beyond […] Read more »