The use of composite narratives to present interview findings

Willis, Rebecca (2018) The use of composite narratives to present interview findings. Qualitative Research. ISSN 1468-7941

PDF (the_use_of_composite_narratives_to_present_interview_findings_final (1))
the_use_of_composite_narratives_to_present_interview_findings_final_1_.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (247kB)


This research note describes the use of composite narratives to present interview data. A composite narrative uses data from several individual interviews to tell a single story. In the research discussed here, investigating how politicians consider climate change, four composites were created from fourteen interviews with Members of the UK Parliament. A method for creating composite narratives is described. Three, linked, benefits of the technique are discussed. First, they allow researchers to present complex, situated accounts from individuals, rather than breaking data down into categories. Second, they confer anonymity, vital when reporting on private deliberations, particularly if interviewees are public figures. Third, they can contribute to ‘future-forming’ research, by presenting findings in ways that are useful and accessible to those outside academia. The main limitation of composite narratives is the burden of responsibility upon the researcher, to convey accurate, yet anonymized, portrayals of the accounts of a group of individuals.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Qualitative Research
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
03 Dec 2018 14:20
Last Modified:
08 Sep 2022 00:12