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Fall Course on

Qualitative Methods:

Focus Group Discussions (FGDs)


Mode of Instruction: Online course from 11 - 15 October 2021.

The live sessions with the facilitator will be for 2 - 3 hours on Mon. Wed. and Fri. of the week. The Tues. and Thurs. are 'offline' days for the completion of assignments. Participants are expected to present and discuss their assignments during the live sessions. The times of the live session will be determined by the availability of the majority of the participants.


Language of Training: English

Facilitator(s): Ann-Murray Brown

Objectives of the sessions

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Define FGDs

  • Explain the purpose of FGDs

  • Distinguish between FGDs and regular 'groups'

  • Determine when to use FGDs 

  • List the strengths and weaknesses of FGDs

  • Conduct FGDs


Intended audience

This course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about FGDs. Persons do not need any prior knowledge or experience with FGDs

Core content areas

  • Definition and use of FGDs in evaluation and (market) research

  • The overall process of facilitating FGDs (clarifying the evaluation/research questions, developing the moderator's guide, analysis, reporting etc.)

  • Designing Focus Group questions

  • Selecting participants for FGDs

  • Role and skills of the Moderator/Facilitator of FGDs

  • Role of the observer/recorder

  • Setting the right stage for the FGD

  • Questioning Strategy for FGDs (Questioning Route, Topic Guide)

  • Analysing the data

  • Tips for Conducting FGDs (neutral setting, recording/note taking, duration, types of questions to use or avoid, inclusion of participatory tools, managing difficult situations etc.)

  • Ethics (Consent Form, Confidentiality etc.,)

  • Conducting FGDs remotely


The detailed agenda will be available to registered participants.



The price is 399 euros (exclusive VAT).

More information

For more information about this course, get in touch via

​​​Ann-Murray Brown

Monitoring, Evaluation and
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