Structured interviews expose every informant to the same stimulus. This usually means that the same questions are asked in the same order. Survey questionnaires are an example of a simple structured interview and are used in both SQUEAC assessments and CSAS surveys. Box 1 shows an example of a simple structured interview questionnaire that may be applied to carers of non-covered cases found during SQUEAC small-area surveys. A similar questionnaire could be applied to carers of defaulting and DNA cases. The questionnaire shown in Box 1 yields qualitative data (i.e., questions regarding the how? and why? of decision making in carers of non-covered cases) that can be analysed using simple quantitative techniques as in Figure 1. It should be noted that the use of the case-history approach may yield important data from carers of defaulting and DNA cases that cannot be captured by a simple structured interview.
Data courtesy of Save the Children UK
Target respondent or source
Simple structured interviews, undertaken as part of routine program monitoring and during small-area surveys, with:
Carers of defaulting and DNA cases
Carers of non-covered cases found by surveys
Type of investigation
Survey questionnaires used in SQUEAC small-area surveys is the main usage of simple structured interviews in SQUEAC.