Coming Face to Face with Interview Bias

Throughout the Between a Graph and A Hard Place blog series, we’ve often spoken of bias and controlling bias. From keeping your own bias in check during qualitative data analysis to understanding social desirability bias during surveys and observations, managing bias is a constant challenge throughout all aspects of evaluation from planning to presenting. During interviews bias can be particularly difficult to avoid, taking many different forms and heavily impacting the quality of the data being collected. This post will take a look at what bias is and three different ways it can distort data during an interview. The next LRS post will tackle ways to mitigate bias, not only during interviews but throughout our lives.

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Sara Wicen
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