Using Focus Groups in Research

Using Focus Groups in Research

Focus Groups are often under-used as a valuable tool for research. This practical and extremely well-written guide offers advice on: * planning and organising focus groups * what types of questions to use* the limitations and advantages of using these groups as research methods* collecting the data at group sessions* how to analyse the data produced>

Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher

Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher

In highlighting the unique features of focus groups, Cyr explains how they can help social science researchers effectively answer certain research questions.

Focus Groups as Qualitative Research

Focus Groups as Qualitative Research

The extensively revised edition of the best-selling Focus Groups as Qualitative Research continues to provide an excellent guide for researchers across the disciplines. Reflecting the many changes that have occurred in the study of focus groups in recent years, the book begins with an updated introduction offering a discussion of current social science approaches to focus groups. Expanded coverage on the comparison of focus groups to individual interviews follows, and there is more material on the strengths and weaknesses of focus groups. The section on self-contained focus groups has also been expanded. Subsequent chapters have been revised to include examples from social scientists who have established their own practices and methodological research on focus groups. In conclusion, the author offers future directions and references that take into account the explosive growth of focus groups as a research tool for all social scientists.

Understanding Focus Group Discussions

Understanding Focus Group Discussions

This volume guides readers on practical and theoretical considerations in conducting focus group research. Separate chapters are devoted to writing focus group methods and presenting findings. Strategies for assessing the quality of focus group research are included and case study examples of field research are provided throughout.

Successful Focus Groups

Advancing the State of the Art

Successful Focus Groups

This is the first book to systematically address the issues, practical wisdom and problems in conducting focus groups. Written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars, this well-integrated collection of articles represents the state-of-the-art in focus group applications. It covers the basic principles of when and how to use focus groups, the applicability of focus group interviews to survey research and other methods, general issues in the use of focus groups, the specific problems of focus groups with different populations or settings and an agenda for future development of the method.

Planning Focus Groups

Planning Focus Groups

David L Morgan covers the wide range of practical tasks required in the course of a research project when using focus groups. Throughout, Planning Focus Groups emphasizes the clarifying purposes of the research project in order to collect data that meet the goals. The author extensively and concisely covers the basic decisions that are necessary to plan a research project using focus groups, such as who should be in the groups, the total number of groups, their size and much more. This volume also features a detailed discussion of personnel and budgets. Among the other topics covered are recruitment, selecting locations, and recording and managing data. Practical material includes checklists and recruitment tools.

Focus Groups in Social Research

Focus Groups in Social Research

There is an increasing divergence of focus group practice between social researchers and commercial market researchers. This book addresses the key issues and practical requirements of the social researcher, namely: the kinds of social research issues for which focus groups are most and least suitable; optimum group size and composition; and the designing of focusing exercises, facilitation and appropriate analysis. The authors use examples, drawn from their own focus groups research experience, and provide exercises for further study. They address the three main components of composition, conduct and analysis in focus group research and also acknowledge the increasing impact the Internet has had on social research by cover

Conducting Focus Groups for Business and Management Students

Conducting Focus Groups for Business and Management Students

Part of SAGE’s Mastering Business Research Methods, conceived and edited by Bill Lee, Mark N. K. Saunders and Vadake K. Narayanan and designed to support researchers by providing in-depth and practical guidance on using a chosen method of data collection or analysis. In Conducting Focus Groups, Caroline J. Oates and Panayiota J. Alevizou explain what is involved in conducting focus groups, outlining their main features, use in research, their design and the kind of rich, qualitative data they facilitate. A step-by-step guides using practical examples show how you can successfully use focus groups to address your own research question. Ideal for Business and Management students reading for a Master’s degree, each book in the series may also serve as reference books for doctoral students and faculty members interested in the method. Watch the editors introduce the Mastering Business Research Methods series and tell you more about the first three books.

Savvy Decision Making

An Administrator's Guide to Using Focus Groups in Schools

Savvy Decision Making

This easy-to-implement, step-by-step guide can help administrators and teachers design and run effective focus groups as well as analyze and report the information they generate.