Evaluation Procedures for Field Interviews with Former Clients of Drug Treatment Programs
Locating and interviewing former clients of drug treatment programs and a follow-up evaluation study calls for a field staff with specialized skills, knowledge and tools plus a stronger, fuller support system than is usually required in other social science surveys. The respondents in this sample population are suspicious of someone who is looking for them, transient and sensitive about the confidentiality of the information they give. The field interviewer is subject to serious personal risks, many frustrations and situations demanding all their skill in order to gather valid data. Several recent follow-up and evaluation studies of drug treatment agency clients, using various methods and procedures, have come up with some of the same assessments of the field problems (Nurco, 1977; Boudouris, 1976; Robins, 1966; O’Donnell, 1968).
KeywordsMethadone Maintenance Field Staff Field Problem Drug Treatment Program Field Interview
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