Nobody wants to be in my research
I’ve just started a new job as a research assistant on an educational project. In the future I will be interviewing teachers, parents and pupils in schools located across five areas of the country. The interview schedule has already been designed but my job between now and the end of the month is to recruit schools to the project.
My boss is away for a conference and expects me to have done this by their return. I have not done this kind of work before. So far I have used the Internet and phone directory to locate schools and I’ve written to around 70 schools explaining the project and asking them to email back if they can help. Nobody has responded.
I don’t know what to do next. Is it ethical to telephone them? Should I just call direct? Is a letter okay? (The letter is two pages long and introduces the research, its funders and my boss, and outlines what the school would be required to do).
My boss gave me a draft of the letter before they went away so I don’t know if I’m allowed to change it.
I need as many schools signed up as soon as possible. Can anyone help me sort this out please?