All members of the research team are involved in conducting semi-structured in-depth interviews, as well as eight student research assistants trained in interviewing within the framework of this project. The interviews' focus is on the National Museum of Qatar and museums in Qatar more broadly. Semi-structured interviews and an inductive approach allowed this research project to remain open to unforeseen ideas, connections, perspectives, and experiences. The interviewing process in year three of the research project began in March 2019 and was completed in the end of June 2019. While in 2017 and 2018 the interviews were focused on the pre-opening stage of the National Museum of Qatar, in 2019 the focus was on the post-opening phase now that the national museum had opened its doors to the public on 28 March 2019.
In year three, 2019, the research team conducted 57 in-depth interviews with Qataris and expatriates who had visited the national museum. In year one of the research project the research team conducted 75 interviews with Qataris and expatriates, and in year two an additional 58 interviews were conducted also with Qataris and expatriates. In total, we have collected rich data through 190 interviews in three years of research.
As with the diversity of the research team and research assistants, the interviews had been conducted in a multiplicity of languages which allowed for easier access and smoother communication with the diverse communities of Qatar. These interviews have been translated to English by the project research assistants and research associate.
Additionally, all these interviews have been coded using NVivo thereby allowing for an enhanced analysis of this vast collected data.