Interviewing and a story collection guide Copy
You may not have conducted an interview before, so we’d like to share our tips for making your first interview a success and creating a process that you can use over and over again to capture stories that enable you to monitor and evaluate your projects.
Introduce yourself. Make a little informal time at the start to hear about who the person is. Question one in the Landcare sample story collection guide (select MSC User Guide pp. 92-96) is aimed at helping this happen. Let them know a little about who you are, or simply tell them about the interview process.
Ask about all the different changes (big, small, positive or negative) that have occurred before you ask them to choose the one that they feel is most significant and tell a story about it. Do this as a list.
Some people may need a little help to get their story out. It is fine to use encouraging probes such as – “can you give me some more details about how this happened” or “can you give me an example of that”, or “who did it involve?” or “how did it all begin?” Often we use the five friends (who, where, what, why, and how). But try not to lead the informant. If you do have some very specific questions that you want to ask them then wait until the MSC questions are complete. Eliciting an MSC story is very different than conducting a questionnaire.
Remember when you are interviewing, it’s your role to suspend your opinion and listen to what the interviewee has to say.
You can also use a story collection guide as part of the process. Please download an example of an MSC Story Collection Guide below.