When approaching participants, inform them who you are, what the project is about, why you are doing the research, what will be involved and what is happening to the information (Alderson, 1995, cited in Arksey and Knight, 1999, p. 69).
Outline your research with a participant information sheet or introductory letter/email.
You should also obtain written consent from participants where appropriate.
Participants’ identities should not be revealed unless written permission is obtained prior to the work being carried out. Instead, use anonymised names such as ‘Participant A’.
See below for templates to outline your research and gain consent.
Summarise: What might each chapter cover overall? What questions might it seek to answer?
Consider: Which individual paragraphs might you include? What evidence from your notes might align to each point? Use the planning template below for guidance.
Orderlogically: often information follows common patterns. Which patterns from below might work for your chapters?
1.Analytical: Situation – Problem – Solution 2.Chronological: Past – Present – Future 3.Comparison: Similar – Different 4.Discussion: For – Against; Pros – Cons 5.General to specific: e.g. context or history – case studies 6.Phrased: Short – Medium – Long Term Aspects 7.Thematic: Theme a – Theme b – Theme c Adapted from Macmillan and Weyers (2007, p. 96)