Tips for collecting primary data in a Covid-19 era
In this ‘How To’ document, we provide some suggestions and tips for collecting remote primary data. This document is focused on qualitative primary data collection over the phone. However, some of the tips are also valid for quantitative surveys or questionnaires, and some of the suggestions may be modified for use in more structured surveys. The note starts with ideas about re-thinking an approach. It then moves on to consider what to think about or prepare before phone interview, followed by how to run the interview. After providing some suggestions on other possible methods, the note concludes with some ethical challenges and proposed solutions. The note is not comprehensive or exhaustive, it is merely a set of hints and suggestions. It will likely be updated as experiences accumulate of doing remote fieldwork alongside challenges and learning in a Covid-19 era.
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