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In this seminar, class participants will learn two critical qualitative data-collection techniques, in-depth interviews and focused ethnography. The course will emphasize how to deploy these methods to address critical policy questions that surveys and experiments can not always resolve. Learning will be hands-on, as each student plays a critical role in launching a policy-focused, multi-site, qualitative study that will go into the field in May of 2013--part of a mixed-method study of housing tradeoffs among families with young children. As a team, faculty and students will read key theoretical and substantive work in the area, develop an in-depth interview guide and a protocol for a focused ethnography, engage in significant pilot testing of these instruments, and work to solve logistical issues. The goal of the course is to teach students how to design and implement a qualitative component to surveys and field experiments.
Permission of the instructor required for non-doctoral students. Not offered in 2012-2013.