The data for the needs assessment will be generated through a series of focus groups held with key stakeholders in the local community.
This process will build the research skill capability of local volunteers in the Research Group who will be trained to turn the needs identified by the focus groups - selecting key themes from focus group sessions and preparing the final reports. This process is detailed below.
The Focus Group process
Focus group representatives will be drawn from the following Community Sectors:
Focus groups will be conducted in the languages, and at locations, appropriate to the participants.
Volunteers from the local ICT network who are also members of each of the focus group target populations have been identified.
The Research Team meeting of 28.3.03
helped to identify some key questions for the focus groups and develop a recruitment plan for inviting focus group participants.
The Research Process
Once the focus groups have taken place, and material has been translated and transcribed, the Focus Group leaders will attend a workshop with Waikato University to identify key themes, quotes and report structures. Draft reports will then be developed by the focus group leaders and submitted to Margaret Richardson for review and edit. A further meeting between Margaret and the focus group leaders will review the work to date and finalise the research report.
Skilled Focus Group facilitators from Waikato University’s Management School are giving their expertise, for out of pocket expenses only. The research objectives are as follows:
The training for the focus group leaders will be completed by 7th May 2003.