Week 44: Initiated contact with participants

I have been distracted by emotional ups and downs in my private life and have not made good progress editing my thesis. But the biggest achievement from Week 44 was that I initiated contact with prospective participants of my research, and they all confirmed their willingness to take part in it!

On 1st November, when I started sending emails to the participants, I was already a bit nervous and uneasy, because I can only obtain the data with their voluntary help and support. As of 4th November, I have received positive responses from them, saying that they are willing to take part, and to help me recruit further participants.

I am extremely lucky, and feeling that being helped by someone is such a fortunate event. I would like to give them something in return by sharing my findings when I have completed my thesis. It is going to be a co-production of knowledge, and I am very lucky to have met people who are interested in my research.

My achievements in Week 44:

  • Edited Chapter 1
  • Filled in fieldwork/time away forms to submit
  • My participants are happy to take part in my research!

Goals for Week 45:

  • Continue editing Chapters 1 and 3
  • Define criteria for the data collection
  • Check case study approach

My Christmas treat arrived from Germany: some ginger biscuits and stollen!

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