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Details for «Focus Groups»

Small groups of people (typically 10-30 people) are invited or recruited to discuss a theme or proposal and provide insight on their values, concerns and perspectives (NEA 2004).
Focus groups allow for an in depth discussion on a specific topic with a few people over a couple of hours.

Attribute Value
Phase of decision makingPlans/programmes
Number of Stakeholders Involved10 - 30
Participation LevelConsult/Exchange
Frequency of meetingsFew meetings over short period (few weeks, months)
Level of decision-makingNational
Combination of StakeholdersPublic
Implementer of the toolImplementer
The tool supports the following objectivesIssue definition
Feeds into a legitimate process
Equality of access
Capacity building/ learning
Ability/freedom to speak

References

CIPAST. (2005). Participatory Methods Toolkit. Retrieved from Citizen Participation in Science and Technology

Participationcompass.org (undated): Focus Groups
Nuclear Energy Agency (2004). Stakeholder Involvement Techniques: Short Guide and Annotated Bibliography. OECD, 2004. NEA No. 5418

Links

http://participationcompass.org/

Case Studies

Licencing of a LILW Repository at Saligny
UK GM Nation Consultation (Focus Groups)

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