Assignment 2: Inviting Participants

In this Assignment, you will take the first steps toward putting your interview guide into action. Invite at least five potential participants to participate in your study using the criteria stated in the document, “IRB Requirements for Selecting Participants.” To invite them, you can modify the sample invitation, but use the Informed Consent statement verbatim. These documents are located in the Learning Resources. You can approach friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else as long as they meet the IRB criteria. If you invite five, it is likely that two of them will be able to participate.


  • Prepare your participant invitation (refer to the example in this week’s Learning Resources).
  • Select from among your friends, colleagues, and other people you know at least five potential participants, as long as they meet the IRB criteria.
  • Copy and paste the content of your five e-mails to one Word document, and submit this document to the Assignment submission area.
  • Send your invitations to your prospective participants, via e-mail, with a CC to your Instructor.
  • Confirm two participants and send those individuals the IRB Consent Form.


Required Readings

Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods: Integrating theory and practice (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Chapter 7, “Qualitative Interviewing” (pp. 421–518)

Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2012). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Chapter 5, “Designing for Quality” (pp. 59–70)
Chapter 6, “Conversational Partnerships” (pp. 71–94)
Chapter 7, “The Responsive Interview as an Extended Conversation” (pp. 95–114)
Chapter 8, “Structure of the Responsive Interview” (pp. 115–130)
Chapter 9, “Designing Main Questions and Probes” (pp. 131–148)
Chapter 10, “Preparing Follow-Up Questions” (pp. 149–170)

Meho, L.I. (2006). E-Mail interviewing in qualitative research: A methodological discussion. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(10):1284–1295

Novick, G. (2008). Is there a bias against telephone interviews in qualitative research? Research in Nursing Health, 31(4), 391–398. doi:10.1002/nur.20259

Opdenakker, R. (2006). Advantages and disadvantages of four interview techniques in qualitative research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(4 )

Spall, S. (1998). Peer debriefing in qualitative research: Emerging operational models. Qualitative inquiry, (2), 280. ISSN: 1077-8004.


Documents and Tools

Document: Final Project: Building a Qualitative Research Plan (PDF)

Document: Interview Guide Worksheet (PDF)


Document: IRB Requirements for Selecting Participants (PDF)

Document: IRB Verbatim Informed Consent for Practice Interviews (PDF)

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