Mobile interview can be a Method of data collection as well as a tool for intervention.
In classical research – collecting data requires a controlled environment, a neutral researcher in order to guarantee the validity and the rigor of the data. However new approaches on research are challenging data collection by stating that actually when we enter our field of research we are already influencing the environment and people just by being there, just by the type of questions we ask. Interview, in the approach of data generation is about a collaborative conversation, with a purpose, of course, in which as the interviewer you are more interested in listening
WHAT IS MOBILE INTERVIEW?
Mobile interview is an innovative way to generate data and is about an interview in which you move along the environment with the interviewee. It is a powerful method to explore the space in loco and experience that instead of just hearing from that. It is a powerful method to explore the space in loco and experience that instead of just hearing from that.
WHEN TO USE MOBILE INTERVIEW?
When the topic of the intervention / research involves that specific space. So, in mobile interview you have to use the environment in order to understand your topic. You need to trust the process and you come up with questions as you notice what is happening – in the moment
In this approach, the interview also transform challenges into Benefits…
- Being alongside each other: having conversation while facing outward and away from each other – the focus goes beyond each other – not just about the interviewee
- Moving constantly around: take advantage of the disruptive space (what are the elements that come up?)
- Energetic exchange and construction of ideas about reality (not just collecting data – new ideas might emerge)
- Participants led: the participant is in charge and might take you to unexpected places (be open to accept it and co-create with that – take advantage)