How to... Use focus groups: Get the most from them

Date: 01.08.2013
The How to... guides are currently unavailable.;Please email products@nfer.ac.uk to be contacted as soon as they become available again.;One of a series of Research in Schools "How to" guides, designed to help practitioners run research projects in education;Running focus groups are a popular method of research in schools. They are ideal because not only are they easy and cheap to set up within schools, but they help to make the participants feel empowered. They are also a great way to generate new ideas and gather feedback from several people (learners, parents/carers, staff, community and governors) at the same time. But there are circumstances when focus groups are not suitable and this simple, succinct, easy-to-read guide helps you to know where and when to use them. The guide takes you through the five steps to conducting focus groups, from development of questions through to reporting of findings. It includes guidance on the resources you will need as well as how you can share your research findings.;If you`ve recently introduced a new policy and what to find out whether it is working, focus groups can be a great tool. The guide includes a number of other ideas that you could investigate using focus groups.;Written by NFER researchers, this guide will ensure your methods of research are based on professional guidance.

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