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I’m Feminist Freelancer’s first Freelance Woman of the Month

March 5, 2019

Hey get me, I’m Feminist Freelancer’s first Freelance Woman of the Month!!!

Here I am!


My love/hate relationship with question numbers

February 22, 2019

The other day I found myself suggesting that a client “take the question numbers out” from a feedback form that they were drafting.  As I said it, it felt like a strange thing to suggest.  I mean, questionnaires include questions so questions should be labelled and numbered as such, right?

I realised I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with question numbers!

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Me talking about books at Ivy’s Library

January 31, 2019

Here’s a bit of a change… you can now find a little piece of me at Ivy’s Library which is a blog all about children’s books.

I’m part of Ivy’s Guest Book which features short interviews with real mums and dads, talking about what their littles like to read and what their own favourite children’s books are.

Do check me out and have a browse of the rest of this lovely site if you’ve got an interest in books.

Is it called a depth interview or an in-depth interview?

November 26, 2018

I do a lot of one-to-one qualitative interviews in my line of work.

I took an A-Level in Sociology, then a degree in social sciences with honours in Sociology.  In my academic education, the teachers referred to one-to-one qualitative interviews as ‘in-depth interviews’.

After that I completed the Graduate Scheme at MORI, followed by ongoing on-the-job training, interspersed with occasional external training courses from industry bodies.  Throughout my career, colleagues have referred to one-to-one qualitative interviews as ‘depth interviews’.  Workplace style guidelines have required me to call them depth interviews, and the AQR (Association for Qualitative Research), the MRS (Market Research Society) and the SRA (Social Research Association) call them depth interviews.

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GDPR overkill vs informed consent as the bare minimum

November 6, 2018

I was at a kind of reunion type event and one of my old friends greeted me in the pub with the opinion that my approach to GDPR was overkill.

I can see what he means.  To the casual observer I’ve probably destroyed my mailing list* and… well that’s about all they’ve seen me do.

I’ve been thinking on that one, and thought I’d make a couple of observations.

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Conspicuous consumption and the researcher

October 8, 2018

WatchOK this one is a bit awkward but it is a thing I have to think about all the time in my line of work so I’m just going to spit it out.

I’ve had a professionally paid job now for 16 years and I’m married to one of those ambitious private sector types.  We’re comfortably off.  And because we’re comfortably off I have a few nice things.  Most notably for this blog post, I have a Tag Heuer watch and a cupboard-full of nice handbags.  My current work-bag is a Michael Kors.

These are things I have to think about when I’m working in the charity sector as I do.  I have to think carefully about what I carry with me.  No, not “don’t look too fancy or they’ll realise they are paying me too much” or “help help the poor people might steal my stuff” but more… I don’t want to be a dick.

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Link: Evaluation of the Stirling Heritage Arts Award project

October 2, 2018

If you get a minute, why not check out my evaluation of the Stirling Heritage Arts Award project, available on the See Think Make website.

Stirling Heritage Arts Award was a year-long project delivered by See Think Make, in partnership with Scran.  Structured around the Silver Arts Award, young people aged 15+ used Stirling’s heritage and a programme of Partner-led workshops an inspiration for their own arts practice and ultimately to co-design a heritage trail through Stirling.

I’m always so pleased when my clients decide to publicly circulate their evaluations, as it demonstrates a genuine commitment to learning and knowledge exchange.