Anyone who uses interviewing in their evaluation work – and, let’s face it, most of us do – learns over time the importance of following a fruitful line of questioning.
Focused but not narrow; flexible but not directionless.
We need to make sure that our interview (1) goes after what’s most important; (2) doesn’t go off on tangents; (3) keeps the interviewee engaged; and (4) doesn’t get prematurely evaluative by throwing in conclusions while still gathering the evidence.
Rowan Atkinson is a master at doing the exact opposite. Check out this hilarious piece where he interviews Elton John …
[If you can't see the video below, please click though to the post on the Genuine Evaluation site.]