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FOCUS GROUP RESEARCH

Overview

A graduate level introduction to and illustrated tutorial on focus group research.

Why we think it is important: Focus group research is a valuable qualitative tool bringing out rich discussion for social science research, either used independently or as a supplement to structured survey research. It is not just "getting people together to talk". This handbook spells out the many considerations involved.

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FOCUS GROUP RESEARCH
Table of Contents	3
Overview	5
Key concepts and terms	6
History	6
Focus group research vs. focused interviewing of groups	7
The focus group facilitator	8
Participant selection	8
Focus group size and number of sessions	9
Focus group membership	10
The consent form	10
Organizing the focus group	11
Planning	11
Timeline	12
Recording	13
Forming a session script	14
Overview	14
The opening section	14
The question section	16
The ending section	18
Role of the facilitator	19
Role of the assistant facilitator	21
Coding and reporting focus group results	22
Reporting and analysis	22
Transcription	23
Coding	23
Example of coding with Access, a relational database	24
Coding software	29
Assumptions	32
Sources of bias are numerous	32
The focus group as action research	32
Frequently asked questions	33
When is the focus group approach not recommended?	33
Is focus group research accepted by all qualitative researchers?	34
What is a "mutational question"?	34
What is the "graphic reinstatement" technique?	35
What is the relation of focus group research to social media?	35
What is FocusVision?	36
What is focusgroups.com?	36
Appendix A: Sample focus group consent letter	37
Appendix B: Sample focus group confirmation letter	38
Appendix C: Sample focus group contact form	40
Bibliography	40
Pagecount: 45