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Conducting Semi-structured Interviews - Part II (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

with Dr. Diana L. Gustafson,
Professor of Social Science and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

SPSA - San Juan, Puerto Rico 2020
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Dr. Diana L. Gustafson,
Professor of Social Science and Health, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Participants must register to attend: Register here


WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x5473


SPSA Conference 2020
San Juan, Puerto Rico


This session is ideal for those who are planning to conduct individual or focus group interviews and want to focus on the interview moment. Participants will be introduced to the interview protocol refinement framework as well as other techniques for improving the quality of data and avoiding common pitfalls associated with conducting interviews. Participants will evaluate the types of questions that can and cannot be asked and the ways in which questions can be posed that tend to generate the most useful and authentic data. Participants are also encouraged to raise questions for discussion or share a tip that enhanced a previous interview experience.


Your willingness to participate in a mock interview and give and receive constructive feedback will enrich this workshop experience. If you have developed an interview protocol that you want to test or refine, bring it with you. You will be able to engage more actively in-class exercises if you bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop with MS Word (or other document-editing software) and Adobe Acrobat (or other PDF-viewing software).

Workshop Outline & Reading List

Workshop Part II - Wednesday, January 8

Session 1 - Are You Ready for The Interview Moment? 3:30pm - 4:50pm


  • Arsel, Z. (2017). Asking questions with reflexive focus: A tutorial on designing and conducting interviews. Journal of Consumer Research, 44(4), 939-948.
  • Castillo-Montoya, M. (2016). Preparing for interview research: The interview protocol refinement framework. The Qualitative Report, 21(5), 811-831.
Session 2 - Making the Most of the Interview Moment 5:00pm - 6:20pm


  • Hermanowicz, J. (2002). The great interview: 25 strategies for studying people in bed. Qualitative Sociology, 25(4), 479-499. (a thoughtful and practical essay wrapped up in a fun metaphor)

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