I've done phone and in-person interviews; I prefer open-end interviews with a minimal discussion guide that changes to reflect new findings as research goes on.
Identifying and Motivating Nonprofit Donors and Members
A local nonprofit wanted to know more about who their donors and members were - and how to increase donations.
Telephone interviews with over 30 donors and members. Interviews began with open-end questions about donation, involvement with the nonprofit, and best experiences with the nonprofit, then moved to directed message testing and rating.
Collaborated on discussion guide
Moderated 1/3 of interviews
Collaborated on final PowerPoint report
Collaborated on internal brown-bag lunch presentation on nonprofit research
Studying Social Reading in Different Contexts
We're shaped by what we read - and almost as much by who we read it with. Are there differences between reading the same kind of book in a non-religious setting and reading it in a religious setting?
Compared book groups organized through churches and synagogues to book groups organized through non-religious institutions, by participating in seven book groups over nine months and interviewing over 50 members
Interviews were open-ended, using a discussion guide, and took place in respondents' homes or local cafes.
Designed and carried out all research
Secured funding from the Fichter Research Grant at the Association for the Sociology of Religion
Reported findings in my dissertation; defended and presented research at conferences.
Recruiting participants (groups and individuals)
Interviewing / Ethnography
Writing / Presenting (long form and short articles)