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Involving Community Members in Focus Groups is a must for those who want to teach others to conduct focus group interviews, particularly non-researchers in communities. Authors Richard A. Krueger and Jean A. King draw upon years of experience working with communities and present practical strategies for working alongside non-researchers. Krueger and King argue that volunteers can often gather and present results more effectively than professionals; However, a critical element is how the volunteers are prepared and the manner in which they work together. This book offers countless tips, advice, and exercises for preparing people to conduct focus groups, whether you are preparing a team to conduct a community study or teaching one person to help in a study.
Chapter 1: Background and Grounding: The Emergence of Participatory Studies
Background and Grounding: The Emergence of Participatory Studies
Collaborative evaluation, participatory evaluation, action research, community-initiated research, developmental evaluation, empowerment evaluation, organizational learning, continuous quality improvement—phrase after phrase naming inquiry processes involving volunteers. Whether or not you know what these processes involve, the mere fact that there are so many different names for them points to how common they are as we approach the next century. But why collaborative approaches, and why now? For people preparing to engage in focus group research, understanding the answers to these questions can mark [Page 2]an important ...