In research, a focus group is a technique that involves a group of selected people getting together to discuss a given topic. Through these interactions, researchers (and participants) can explore and learn about themes, patterns and attitudes toward the topic. Fathers in Focus will hold three focus group meetings. Here is what to expect from these sessions:
Session 1: Orientation
Date: May 18, 2021 | 5:00PM MDT
As a participant, you will:
a. Meet the research team and your co-participants, and be able to introduce yourselves through a short storytelling exercise
b. Get an introduction on Fathers in Focus
c. This is your venue to ask any questions that you may have about the study
Session 2: Facilitated Sharing
This will be a venue for the presentation of stories AND photos. You need to come to this meeting prepared with your pictures and stories. You will get a chance to see the photos and hear the stories of other fathers who are also participating in this project. A facilitator(s) will ensure that there is a respectful and continuous flow of discussion. You will also get a chance to see the photos and hear the stories of some members of the research team. You will be invited to provide your feedback about the stories and pictures of your co-participants. Be ready to hear their feedback about yours as well.
Focus Group 3: Collective Story
If you would like to change any of the pictures that you’ve presented in the last focus group, you may do so at this meeting. You may also change your mind and provide a different perspective or story about your photos. The research team will provide the initial analysis of the pictures and stories gathered in the last focus group. You will be invited to provide feedback about the research team’s analysis. You will also provide your thoughts about what you saw and hear during the last focus group and how it might improve/enhance your fatherhood role. You will be asked about the impact of the research process by answering the following questions:
a. How was your experience of creating the photos and stories?
b. How did you feel upon seeing and hearing your story and other stories presented?
c. What impacts has your participation had on your role as a father?
d. How can we use these stories to involve other men in positive fatherhood roles?
Your participation in the research process is deemed completed at this point. However, if you would like to become a volunteer or continue to be an active member of your community, you may choose to participate in the community exhibition and other future events. You may express your interest to a member of the research team who will let you know of the next planned activities that you could join.