Step 5: Recruit Participants
The next step is recruiting participants for your data collection. The method
of recruiting participants varies widely depending on your chosen data
Just as you need good questions to get good results, you also need to have the
right participants. There's no point in spending time and effort creating
questions only to ask them of the wrong people. You should have an
instrument developed before you start recruiting participants. Recruiting
participants too early can rush the timeline; therefore, not allowing you the
opportunity to develop the best possible instrument.
You should have a set of characteristics that define your participants. Use
these criteria to set up a screening tool. When someone responds to your
inquiries about participating, this screening tool will allow you to see if they
match your criteria. If you are doing separate focus groups with people who have
different characteristics the screening tool can determine which group the
respondent is most appropriate for, if any.