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Conducting sensitive interviews: Caring for research participants and interviewers

Darby Steiger, Karen Kellard, & Mariel Leonard
Thursday, September 10, 2020
1:00pm Eastern Time

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About This Course:

Researchers often collect sensitive information, yet participating in sensitive research can be risky for respondents and researchers. Data collection can trigger negative emotional responses or expose either party to risk of physical harm. This session will review approaches for conducting sensitive interviews (qualitative and quantitative), implementing distress protocols, and monitoring interviewers for burnout and secondary trauma. Special focus will be on conducting research during COVID.

Learning objectives
  • How to prepare respondents and interviewers for research containing sensitive topics;
  • The basic elements of a distress protocol, including how to recognize and respond to different signs of distress;
  • Caring for your interviewing team and handling the potential for secondary trauma.
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About the Instructor:

EmilyGeisen.pngDarby Steiger is a Senior Study Director at Westat and specializes in developing and testing questionnaires with sensitive content. She regularly trains staff and other researchers on how to develop and implement distress protocols and protect respondents in studies with sensitive subject matter.

mariel-(1).jpgMariel McKone Leonard recently received her doctorate from the University of Mannheim.  Her work focuses on improving methods of data collection on violence and prejudice, and  from vulnerable populations such as refugees and victims of trauma.

EmilyGeisen.pngKaren Kellard is the Director of the Qualitative Research Unit at the Social Research Centre (Australian National University). Her expertise is in evaluation, qualitative methods, and conducting research on sensitive topics with vulnerable research participants.