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Turning on the tap: the benefits of using 'real-life' vignettes in qualitative research interviews

Sampson, Helen ORCID: and Johannessen, I A 2020. Turning on the tap: the benefits of using 'real-life' vignettes in qualitative research interviews. Qualitative Research 20 (1) , pp. 56-73. 10.1177/1468794118816618

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The use of vignettes that are based upon fictionalised accounts is well-established in contemporary social science. Vignettes have been used in a variety of ways to contribute to studies with both a quantitative and a qualitative orientation. This paper reflects on two recent qualitative studies which have made innovative use of ‘real-life’ vignettes. In each case, the paper describes some of the unanticipated and overlapping benefits that accrued from their incorporation into the research design and reflects on the advantages that ‘real-life’ vignettes might bring to future research. Drawing on two different research projects, the paper highlights the further potential contribution of ‘real-life’ vignettes to the repertoire of research methods currently available to social scientists.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-7941
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 5 November 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 17:57

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