am keen to interpret qualitative data as much as possible, rather
than just to report it. I am skilled at summarising a large amount of data
onto one or two pages of actionable recommendations. I am aware that
decision-makers are busy people and need a clear concise report. I include anonymous quotes from participants, if they enhance understanding of
the findings. I do not include quotes that may identify the participant.
My approach to facilitation is friendly but
structured. People often feel nervous or threatened at the start of a
discussion group and this can affect their ability to open up and think
deeply about issues. I work hard to put my respondents at their ease. I am
also keen that everyone gets a chance to speak and I encourage quieter
participants while politely controlling more dominant members of the group.
also work well with children and young people. I try to make the focus
groups as fun as possible, incorporating games and activities to get the best
out of the participants.
work with a discussion guide as a prompt where I can see at a glance the
issues to cover. I run informal discussions where the conversation flows. I
am not tied to asking structured questions. The discussions start off with a
‘warm-up’, an easy topic where everyone can contribute. The discussion
begins with general questions and then gets more specific to the work’s