Monday, 30 November 2009

Feedback to participants

Feedback to participants is a problem because:
  1. not yet understanding what the findings are
  2. not knowing what participants want or need or what interests them
  3. not knowing the format they'd find most useful
  4. time
That's all rather negative. Given time, you get to understand your findings, but feedback to participants may then not be timely so not useful for them. However, any feedback, even delayed is better than no feedback.

Silver (2005) has a short section on feedback in case studies. He advises (following Wolcott 1990, p60)
  • ask for the kind of information required for you to make a recommendation
  • identify seeming paradoxes in the pursuit of goals
  • identify alternatives to current practices and offer to assess these

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