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Using stories to size up a situation

Category: Narrative
Author: Shawn Callahan
Date Published: 12-Sep-06

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This paper provides a description of when and how to use narrative techniques to supplement traditional interviews and surveys. It focuses on a technique called ‘anecdote circles’, and illustrates how these circles can be set up and conducted in a manner that ensures the collection of rich stories. The paper concludes with solutions to the three most common problems encountered by facilitators of anecdote circles.