NEW COMMUNITIES PROJECT preparing for group work

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Published on November 13, 2007

Author: liamgr

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NEW COMMUNITIES PROJECT:  NEW COMMUNITIES PROJECT Preparing for group work Prepare yourself :  Prepare yourself Be prepared. It is important to be clear about the objective of the focus group and what you want from it Rehearse your script Make a ‘pre-flight’ checklist and use it! Know your questions and what you want to find out Calm down! Prepare your participants:  Prepare your participants Ensure your participants know what they’re getting into, what their commitment will be and what will happen to the information they provide Recap briefly at the start of the focus group Prepare your questions:  Prepare your questions Questions in focus groups should be: Open ended Encourage reflection Conversational Clear Topic relevant Prepare your script 1:  Prepare your script 1 An introduction to the theme to be discussed. Clear statement of aims and objectives, why the focus group is being held and what will happen to the information that is provided. Written report of the focus group will be provided to focus group members in case anyone wants to clarify any of the issues raised. Prepare your script 2:  Prepare your script 2 State clearly that everyone will be given the opportunity to speak and to be listened to. State ‘ground rules’ e.g. Not a test Not a debate Not a grievance procedure But…..:  But….. A focus group should not be too highly structured The objective is to promote discussion and feedback and obtain high levels of involvement and contributions from all participants

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