Conducting Evaluation Research with Exercise Referral Schemes as an Insider

Coral Hanson, Linda Allin

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The case aims to highlight key methodological and ethical challenges faced whilst conducting mixed methods evaluation research as an insider with a senior position in an exercise referral organization. This case derives from a PhD study exploring the expectations and experiences of participants in an exercise referral scheme for people with non-communicable diseases in northeast England. This case focuses mainly on the qualitative element of the evaluation and gives insight into the value of longitudinal semi-structured interviews as a research tool and the use of a framework approach to analyse the data. It explores some the benefits and dilemmas involved in conducting insider research, and discusses how using a reflective diary can raise awareness of bias; help develop research skills and aid analysis
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAGE Research Methods Cases
ISBN (Electronic)9781529723656
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2020


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