***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****
Hi:

I do have several references to these types of problems in the following:
Salem, P. J. (2013). The use of mixed methods in organizational communication research. In M. C. Bocarnea, R. A. Reynolds, & J. D. Baker (Eds.), Online instruments, data collection and electronic measurements: Organizational advancements (pp. 24-39). Hersey, PA: IGI Global.

For the immediate situation, what kind of interview is this? Will you be asking a lot of open-ended questions? Will you have more than one interviewer per subject? Have you piloted the interview? How long will it take?

My own experience is that qualitative interviews work best with a few initial broad questions and a lot of time for follow up questions, some of which might be on the interview guide for the interviewer. Also, the data from such an interview typically saturate around 90-120 minutes. 

Of course, there are interviews to elicit short answers that could just as easily have been on a survey – sort of like a face-to-face name generator or most "phone interviews".

Assuming any fatigue issues can be resolved with some piloting, my best advice is to order the data gathering so that one informs the other. You may discover you need to change interview questions or survey items/scales to get the best data.

Phil Salem

From: Ian McCulloh <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Ian McCulloh <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:18 AM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Data Collection Question

***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****
I am designing a mixed methods data collection.  I want to conduct a survey, free-list, and in-depth-interview of respondents.  What problems might exist with doing these at the same time.  For example, I might embed free list questions in a survey, or stop a survey and then do free-list, or do the free-list first.  I might do a in-depth interview before or after the survey.  I might use completely separate populations for each, however, that will reduce my sample size.  I am concerned that the completion of a survey might affect the free-list responses or vice-versa.
 
I would be interested in the communities thoughts on this issue as well as any academic papers that have explored bias associated with this problem.
 
Thanks.
 
Ian
_____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.
_____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.