Fieldwork

Fieldwork is now complete.

Since May 2011 when project fieldwork began we have:

* Completed 45 missing people interviews (Police Scotland & MPS)
* Completed 2 national officer interviews
* Completed 21 officer interviews/focus groups (Police Scotland & MPS)
* Reconstructed 12 ‘misper‘ case files (Police Scotland and MPS)
* Completed 11 Interviews with key partners and national agents
* Completed 25 Interviews/focus groups with family members of returned missing people; of which 11 interviews with family members of longer-term outstanding missing people.

 The fieldwork, completed and planned, is set out below:

TimingsInformantsMethods
May - Jun 2011 Returned missing Adults (NE Scotland) Semi-structured interviews

Visual mapping exercise
Jul - Aug 2011 Selection and reconstruction of Police Scotland missing persons case files Case reconstructions
Oct - Nov 2011 Police Scotland Officers Semi-structured interviews based on case reconstruction
Nov - Dec 2011 Selection and reconstruction of MPS missing persons case files Case reconstructions
Dec 2011 onwards National Officer Interviews (NPIA, Search Centre) Semi-structured interviews
Feb - Mar 2012 MPS Officers Semi-structured interviews based on case reconstruction
Apr - Jul 2012 Returned missing adults (London) Semi-structured interviews

Visual mapping exercise
Sept 2012 - onwards Launch of web story resource Online resource
Dec 2012 Key partners (Missing Persons Charity) Semi-structured interviews
Oct 2012 – May 2013 Family members (UK wide) Semi-structured interviews

Economic and Social Research Council University of Glasgow University of Dundee Scottish Institute for Policing Research