- Subject index
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 3: Learning Exercises
This chapter provides exercises that researchers may wish to use with a team of volunteers. These exercises are intended to provide background and build skills for a particular task. We don't expect or intend that all of these be used with volunteers; rather, researchers should pick those experiences most relevant to their team of volunteers. The experiences that we'll cover include 11 skill areas:
- A. Locating focus group participants
- B. Recruiting focus group participants
- C. Introducing the focus group
- D. Developing questions
- E. Pilot testing questions
- F. Moderating
- G. Note taking
- H. Transcribing
- I. Giving an oral summary at the end of focus groups
- J. Analysis and report writing
- K. Oral reporting
For each of these skill areas, we will present background information helpful to instructors and then suggest exercises that prepare volunteers.