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Simple structured interviews

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Description of method

Structured interviews expose every informant to the same stimulus. This usually means that the same questions are asked in the same order. Survey questionnaires are an example of a simple structured interview and are used in both SQUEAC assessments and CSAS surveys. Box 1 shows an example of a simple structured questionnaire that may be applied to carers of non-covered cases found during SQUEAC small-area surveys. A similar questionnaire could be applied to carers of defaulting and DNA cases. The questionnaire shown in Box 1 yields qualitative data (i.e., questions regarding the how? and why? of decision making in carers of non-covered cases) that can be analysed using simple quantitative techniques as in Figure 1 (for the pdf, click here). It should be noted that the use of the case-history approach may yield important data from carers of defaulting and DNA cases that cannot be captured by a simple structured interview. Questionnaire non-covered    
Figure 1: Barriers to service access and uptake in a CMAM program reported by carers of non-covered cases
Data courtesy of Save the Children UK

Target respondent or source

Simple structured interviews, undertaken as part of routine program monitoring and during small-area surveys, with: - Carers of defaulting and DNA cases - Carers of non-covered cases found by surveys    

Type of investigation

Survey questionnaires used in SQUEAC small-area surveys is the main usage of simple structured interviews in SQUEAC.