Ideas for Interactive Focus Groups

Jun 1st, 2012 / Data Visualization
My teammate and I are running a focus group in a couple weeks. The group will be large (about 17 people) and will be with working professionals (mid-20s through mid-40s). We’d like to add a few interactive elements to this focus group so that people have a variety of ways to express themselves, move around, and have some fun. Here’s our running list for activities to use during interactive focus groups.
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Facilitating Focus Groups vs. Facilitating Other Types of Group Discussions

Apr 16th, 2012 / Data Visualization
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

Apr 16th, 2012 / Data Visualization
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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