Dyadic Interviews as a Tool for Qualitative Evaluation

David L. Morgan, Susan Eliot, Robert A. Lowe, Paul Gorman

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Although evaluation researchers frequently make use of focus groups and individual interviews as sources of qualitative data, there has been far less attention to dyadic interviews that create a conversation between two research participants. This article describes dyadic interviews as a format that shares many of the advantages of focus groups, in terms of the interaction between the participants, at the same time that it minimizes problems related to bringing a number of participants together in the same place at the same. We illustrate the uses of dyadic interviews by describing the evaluation of a program where rural physicians were assisted in the adoption of electronic health records systems. We conclude by considering some of the possible future directions for developing dyadic interviews as a method in evaluation research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2016


  • dyadic interviews
  • electronic health records
  • focus groups
  • physicians
  • qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management


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