The Focus Group Guidebook

Author: David Morgan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761908180
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Providing a general introduction to focus group research, Morgan includes the appropriate reasons for using focus groups and what you can expect to accomplish with them. He provides a brief history of focus groups, a discussion of when to use focus groups and why, and several brief case studies illustrating different uses of focus groups. The author covers the timeline and costs associated with focus groups, including a discussion of the ethical issues involved in focus group research. Thoroughly covering all the information to help you start your focus group project, this guidebook is appropriate for anybody beginning a focus group, as well as managers or clients who will be using focus groups.

Planning Focus Groups

Author: David Morgan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761908173
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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 as Qualitative Research

Author: David L. Morgan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761903437
Format: PDF
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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.

Developing Questions for Focus Groups

Author: David L. Morgan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761908197
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Asking the right questions is critical in focus group interviewing. This book describes a practical process for identifying powerful themes and then offers an easy-to-understand strategy for translating those themes into questions. Richard Krueger suggests ways of categorizing, phrasing and sequencing focus group questions. Going beyond material presented in his earlier books, Krueger shares ideas for questions that get participants actively involved in the focus group interview. For example, he suggests asking participants to make lists, create report cards, sort pictures, draw, cut and paste, or participate in a mini-debate. The results of these activities not only yield insightful information but are also interesting and fun. This book helps make the process of developing good questions easier by outlining a process and offering many examples.

Moderating Focus Groups

Author: Richard A. Krueger
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506320600
Format: PDF, ePub
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This volume is indispensable for those who want to improve their focus group moderating skills. Based on years of experience in moderating and training others to moderate, Richard Krueger offers tips and sound advice on how to gain expertise in leading focus groups. The book is an easy-to-read overview of critical skills needed by moderators, the various approaches that successful moderators use and strategies for handling difficult situations. Beginners will find an invaluable guide and the more experienced will discover tips and strategies for honing their skills.

Analyzing and Reporting Focus Group Results

Author: Richard A. Krueger
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506339174
Format: PDF, ePub
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Richard Krueger offers a rich and valuable discussion of focus group analysis that is sure to become a major guide in future focus group efforts. Analysis of focus group data is different from analysis of data collected through other qualitative methodologies and this presents new challenges to researchers. This book overviews important principles guiding focus group research, suggests a systematic and verifiable analysis strategy. Krueger is not doctrinaire: he offers multiple approaches and invites others to share their strategies for analysis. The book is helpful for academic audiences, focus group practitioners and the occasional moderator. The straightforward approach contains hundreds of helpful tips.

Successful Focus Groups

Author: David Morgan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0803948743
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Focus Group Research

Author: Martha Ann Carey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315428369
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This volume provides a thorough introduction to creating and conducting focus group research projects. Carey and Asbury provide background on the history of focus groups then document the best practices in conducting a study using them. They also provide valuable advice on how to conduct a fair and accurate analysis of minorities and other vulnerable groups within the population at large. This book is an excellent introduction for any researcher looking to utilize focus groups in their next project.