In this paper, I argue—with an example—that under certain conditions replacement of audio transcriptions with a combination of simultaneously taken and jointly produced notes can be done without affecting reliability, validity, and transparency. These conditions are: (1) professional or otherwise relatively “strong” interviewees (interview persons: IPs) with diverse backgrounds; (2) thorough planning of the interview with well-focused themes; and (3) a thorough and repeated introduction to the interview. The omission of audio transcriptions is an obvious solution to the researcher who wants a breadth of range of statements stemming from the use of many more interviewees than is often possible. The Individually Focused Interview (TIFI) also provides more time for involvement in the field and further analysis.
Qualitative Research Interview, Transcriptions, Reliability, Validity, Transparency, Breadth of Range, The Individually Focused Interview
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Clausen, A. S. (2012). The Individually Focused Interview: Methodological Quality Without Transcription of Audio Recordings. The Qualitative Report, 17(19), 1-17. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss19/1