Training and Events
Designing and Moderating Focus Groups
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Caroline Turley and Ellie Roberts - NatCen Social REsearch
21/09/2017 - 22/09/2017
NatCen Social Research, Northampton Square, London (tbc)
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This two day course is designed to give participants an overview of the role and function of using focus groups as a method of data collection in qualitative research. It aims to equip participants with an understanding of design considerations as well as the skills and techniques necessary for facilitating focus groups to a high standard in applied research settings.
The course involves a mix of taught and practical sessions by qualitative researchers from NatCen Social Research, who have extensive experience of conducting focus groups for complex qualitative studies.
By the end of the course, participants will:
Who will benefit?
This course assumes an understanding of the basic principles of qualitative research, along with some prior experience of the skills involved in qualitative interviewing (listening, questioning and probing).
Caroline Turley is Head of NatCen's Crime and Justice and Social Attitudes teams. Her specialisms are researching sensitive issues and vulnerable groups, such as victims of crime, high risk offender populations and bereaved families. Before joining NatCen in 2007, Caroline carried out qualitative research at the Police Complaints Authority and BMRB Social Research (now TNS-BMRB). She has a BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and an MSc in Criminology, both from the London School of Economics.
Ellie Roberts is a Senior Researcher in NatCen’s Children, Families and Work team. She specialises in qualitative research and has conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with a wide range of participant groups, such as frontline staff, local authority officials, cabinet members, people with mental health problems and prisoners. Before joining NatCen in 2014, Ellie held research posts at Community Links and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. She has a BSc in Sociology from the University of Cardiff.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£520 - SRA members pay £390
Website and registration
Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Data Visualisation, Focus Groups
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