New methodological review paper from NCRM: How many qualitative interviews is enough?

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    This paper ‘How many qualitative interviews is enough?’ from the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) addresses a question that many students conducting a piece of qualitative research frequently ask. Early career researchers and established academics also consider this question when designing research projects.

    In this NCRM Methods Review paper Sarah Elsie Baker (Middlesex University) and Rosalind Edwards (NCRM, University of Southampton) gather and review responses to the question of ‘how many’ from 14 renowned social scientists and 5 early career researchers.

    The riposte to the question of ‘how many’ from most contributors is ‘it depends’. In considering what ‘it depends upon’ however, the responses offer guidance on the epistemological, methodological and practical issues to take into account when conducting research projects. This includes advice about assessing research aims and objectives, validity within epistemic communities and available time and resources.

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