Facilitating Focus Groups vs. Facilitating Other Types of Group Discussions

A lovely side effect of building an organizational culture of learning is that there’s a huge demand for qualitative research like interviews and focus groups but there’s not internal evaluators to facilitate them. As I’ve trained others, I like to emphasize how facilitating a focus group is different from facilitating other types of group discussions (like after-school workshops for teenagers or GED classes) that our staff members are already great at leading.
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My Bank of Youth Focus Group Questions

I’m teaching my teammate about the ins and outs of planning, conducting, and sharing results from focus groups with youth. I’ll cover how to collaborate with program staff/funders to figure out what information they’re most interested in as well as how to turn those interests into focus group questions.
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