Teleconferencing is linked to surveys, interview and participatory or co-design. These formats of research and design are used to gain information from an individual or a larger population.
Teleconferencing is often regarded with suspicion, associated with scams similar to telephone sales, which is something the operator must dispel early in any correspondence during recruitment.
- Two-way conversations between people at a distance.
- Conversations with vulnerable participants.
- Brings together groups of people who would find it difficult to otherwise meet.
- Distribution of a consistent message to a working group.
- To get results/consensus on a specific action.
- Can be used as an alternative to a physical focus group meeting.
- Teleconferencing does not include body language.
- Video conferencing may be biased due to moderators or other external influence off-camera.
- Requires time to organise people to attend a time and place.
- May be expensive.
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