Academic qualitative research projects have one common theme – people. Interviews and focus groups involve people. Corona virus targets people. Society naturally needs to protect people, especially the vulnerable, and isolate for a period of time.
This challenge will hopefully be for a short period of time, yet there are deadlines and funding requirements to be met. Big projects will have a Project Continuity Plan in place, which would have been dusted off and the strategies implemented.
If you don’t have the benefit of planned strategies for the eventuality of a pandemic and the population being in isolation (not sure that would have been thrown onto the whiteboard during the risk management brainstorm!) then OutScribe can be part of your action plan to ensure your data collection can keep progressing.
Phone interviews, Skype, Zoom and teleconferences can all provide solutions. Ensuring that the recordings are good enough to result in a quality transcript can also be a challenge but we are very happy to help you with some tips and solutions. In the meantime you can check out a recent article that has some good points about recording technique.