Focus group discussion

A group discussion among selected individuals with specialized knowledge on a specific issue, guided by a facilitator. Although the discussion may focus on a specific topic, the group members may talk freely and spontaneously about the issue

Use it to…

  • Identify causes of and possible solutions to risk related problems in a community.

  • Understand how specific groups of people think about different risks and ways to address them.

  • Generate discussion on a specific topic, such as family planning needs, road safety, gender participation, disaster preparedness.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of risk related issues.

  • Gauge the impact of activities eg. impact of health or disaster education on people’s awareness.

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