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Study Procedures

The following sections generalize typical situations in an ethnographic study. However, your study may not fit these models exactly, so please contact our staff if you have questions about what is appropriate, etc. The Board expects you to interact with your participants in a way that is natural, polite, and culturally appropriate. If your methods differ from what is considered “normal” (particularly for Western culture), please provide justification as to why it is necessary to conduct your study in this way so that the Board can better understand the social expectations that your participants will have.

Interviews and observations are common methods for data collection in an ethnographic study. Please review the Data Collection Methods section for more information about how to approach these procedures in your protocol.

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