Creating and Leading Focus Groups

In order to design and run your own focus group you need to propose a topic and plan. Write a brief (one paragraph) summary of your focus group topic proposal, and meet with someone with whom you would like to work as your faculty mentor (either a UW professor or a CHID instructor) to talk it over. Once you have finalized your proposal and have the approval of your faculty mentor, fill out and submit the online Focus Group Form (login with UW NetID required). Working with your faculty mentor, create a syllabus for the focus group. This should include a list of texts, reading assignments, and requirements. A 2-credit course should involve 6 hours of work each week, inclusive of time spent in the classroom and the time spent reading and writing assignments and working on assigned projects.

When filling out the Focus Group Form online keep in mind that Focus Group descriptions should include a clear statement of the topic/theme, learning objectives, guiding questions for the Focus Group, and a brief list of texts and other materials. The scope of the Focus Group should not be overly ambitious and should have a clear focus. 

All focus groups will be evaluated by participating students. Instructors and academic advisors will receive copies of the assessment.

For additional information, check out the CHID Focus Group Handbook, produced by a group of CHID students in Spring 2012, and updated in Autumn 2012.

Additional Requirements for Leading Focus Groups

Focus group facilitators must be current CHID majors or minors. Special exceptions are possible, at the discretion of the Director. She has the option to request that the proposing facilitator make a presentation to CHIDposium for approval.

The CHID Director must approve all focus group proposals. When you submit your proposal online, it is automatically sent to her for approval.

Focus group mentors must be faculty. UW graduate students cannot act as primary mentors for focus groups.