This practical text integrates theoretical perspectives with guidelines for designing and implementing community-based qualitative research projects. Coverage of participatory research designs and approaches is complemented by chapters on specific aspects of this research process, such as developing relationships and sharing findings to strengthen programs. Included are useful handouts and templates for applying to the reader’s own projects, and end-of-chapter questions for self-reflection and class discussion. Readers will find the book’s engaging case studies, interdisciplinary real-life examples, and insights from project participants as a helpful foundation for future work in the field.



This chapter covers aspects of the interviewing process in CBQR, including selecting participants, writing questions, identifying an appropriate interview method, and conducting the interview. The chapter also reviews different types of interviews researchers might use within their study, including individual interviews and focus groups.

Learning Goals

After reading this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Identify different types of qualitative interviews, and determine when and how they might be used in a community-based qualitative research (CBQR) study.
  • Create and develop interview guides for various types of interviews, including individual interviews and focus groups.
  • Explain how to prepare for various types of interviews, and identify approaches used by researchers to conduct interviews.
  • Describe the role of the researcher within interviews, and discuss how to elicit additional information from interviewees ...
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