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Qualitative questions and methods

Some general questions that are better suited for qualitative research include

Qualitative research requires thoughtful design to ensure that the data collection tools are appropriate and feasible. Some common data collection methods include

You may also consider a system-mapping exercise that will allow you to chart the course of local system operations from the point of arrest through post-conviction supervision. This involves facilitating a multi-stakeholder discussion in which people working in different parts of the local system and service providers chart out and explain what agencies, decisions, criteria, and options operate at each stage of the criminal legal system process. Doing this type of exercise not only provides an opportunity for people who work in and with the system to convene and collaborate, it can also help flag issues or possible areas for solutions. A related strategy is the Sequential Intercept Model, which is a similar process but with a tight focus on mental health and substance use issues.