Questions/template for volunteer/non-founder
At the start of every interview:
- Thank the interview person
- Make sure they understand the interview is recorded (and start recording)
- Ask if they read the release form and agree to it
- Ask if they have any instructions for how we should treat the interview data
Questions to understand the demographics
- What is your name?
- Where are you based geographically?
- How long have you been contributing to FSFE?
- How are you contributing to FSFE's work today?
Questions to understand external perceptions
- When you first started contributing to the FSFE, what was it about the organisation that attracted you?
- When someone joins an organisation, there are a number of factors which are relevant for them to feel at home. You mentioned X, for instance. After you joined the FSFE, did your perception of those things change? Was the organisation as you perceived it from the outside?
Questions to understand identity perception
- If you think about the FSFE today, as opposed to the FSFE when you started contributing, how would you describe what type of organisation the FSFE is, in ways which have remained true for as long as you've been contributing?
- In our work, we're looking a lot at what the identity of the FSFE is: what are the attributes which has helped shape the organisation through the years? In your experience, what are the attributes of what FSFE is which has shaped the organisation the most?
- Thinking back again to your years of experience with the FSFE, are there attributes you feel was a part of the organisation when you joined, but which you wouldn't say are there today?
- If the FSFE was an animal, which one would it be, and why?
- The FSFE is not alone in the ecosystem it serves; we have many organisations around us. Which organisations do you think is closest to the FSFE, and how is the FSFE still different from them?
Questions to understand key points
- In your experience, what does "Europe" signal in our name, in relation to the scope of the work the FSFE is doing?
- How would you describe the difference, if you see any, between free software and open source?