COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND FOCUS GROUPS: PREPARATION, FACILITATION AND APPLICATION
This workshop introduces students to the focus group as a data collection strategy and prepares them to use focus groups as a research tool. The workshop uses lectures, discussions and interactive exercises to familiarize students with all aspects of focus groups. Topics covered include the theoretical basis of focus groups, formulating questions, recruiting participants, designing sampling schemes, facilitating the discussion, taking notes and applying/reporting out on the data. Students will complete a series of assignments designed to sharpen their listening, facilitating and analytical abilities. Critical components of the class will be observation of and hands-on experience with facilitating discussions, taking notes and reporting. Ability to role play highly desirable.