Evaluation Toolkit for Breastfeeding Programs and Projects

June 2012

Appendix E - Interview guide template

Page last updated: 04 November 2013

(These instructions can be deleted once you have finalised your document.)
Here’s an example of how you might structure an interview template. You can change all of the text in this template to suit your own purposes. Please note that the statements about confidentiality can only be used if you will really be able to offer confidentiality, so any participant should be clear about how their responses may be used. Think about whether you will ask some or all of the demographic questions at the beginning or the end of the interview; some respondents might be more comfortable providing these details after they know what other questions were asked.

Introductory text

Hello, my name is [name] and I work at [name of service]. We are conducting an evaluation to learn [focus of research here]. As part of this project, we would like to talk with women who use our service to find out what experiences people are having. With your permission I would like to ask you a few questions today. If you agree, I will take notes as we talk but what you say will remain confidential to our team. I won’t include your name so others won’t know what it was that you said. Whether you take part or not, it will have no impact on your relationship with the service or with any provider here at [name of service].

Do I have your permission to continue?

Some questions about you
(These instructions can be deleted once you have finalised your document.)
Put in whatever demographic questions you think are most useful – just remember that if you use someone’s name you will need to ensure their answers remain private and only ask for information that is necessary to address your evaluation questions.

Interview Guide

1.Respondents age
Type your answer here

2. Number of children
Type your answer here

3. Breastfeeding history
Type your answer here

4. Additional information
Type your answer here

5. Question
Type your answer here

6. Question
Type your answer here

7. Question
Type your answer here

8. Question
Type your answer here

9. Question
Type your answer here

10. Question
Type your answer here

11. Question
Type your answer here

12. Question
Type your answer here

Thank you for your time today. Your answers will be combined with other people’s responses and only reported as a group. Your name will not be used.

We really appreciate your help today, which will assist us to improve the services we provide.