Official Research Approval
YEAH! I just received word that I have been formally approved to begin my human subject research. It's been exempt from most of the legal issues that I normally would have had if I were to be interviewing on a touch subject. I guess technology in nonprofits isn't too bad ;-) I have to say, Paul, the chair of the Human Research Review Committee, was so helpful. He even helped me understand what I should be telling the committee.
It's unfortunate that I haven't taken a Research Methods course, I suspect it would have helped me. I have some colleagues who are going to be getting lots of questions from me. Hopefully they don't mind!
As I said in my previous post, I've completed a preliminary report which details the movement of these organizations from 1999 to 2007. It is really quite amazing and one of the executive directors emailed me and said ..."we've come a long way baby." I have to agree.
My next steps are to interview these organizations further and begin to develop case studies. I'm not sure how that will go because I've never written a case study, but I'm game for a challenge.