#saass transcript - April 16 2012
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lmendersbyToday's #saass chat is Focus Groups: Facilitating Meaningful Dialogue. Come join as I try to do the same today at 12pm EST. #sachat #badjoke
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lmendersby1 hour until our next #saass chat on Focus Groups: Facilitating Meaningful Dialogue. See you there! #sachat #sacdn
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lmendersbyAssessment is a primary way to "operationalize our notions about excellence." (Astin, 1991) #sachat #saass
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lmendersbyHi all! Welcome to another edition of the Student Affairs Assessment #saass chat. Today we're talking focus groups. Time for some dialogue!
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lmendersbyIs this your first time joining a Twitter chat? Read this: http://t.co/Lxizw0kQ #saass
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lmendersbyDon't forget you can follow along at http://t.co/aG0pVsvd or http://t.co/XOHD6Km8. Let's get our chat on! #saass
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lmendersbyLet's get this conversation started. Take a moment to introduce yourselves. Who's ready to talk assessment today? #saass
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EvanHeiserEvan Heiser from Elon University here, looking forward to learning all about focus groups! #saass
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MattDeegWhat's up assessment chat? Matt Deeg, University of North Florida, looking forward to an #awesome chat. #saass
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NotAnnieButAnneExcited to chat about focus groups! Anne Sweet from University of Central Arkansas. #saass
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lmendersbyI'm nerding out a little about conducting an informal focus group to discuss focus groups. #nerdalert #saass
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lmendersbyI'll be tweeting questions labelled with Q1, Q2, etc. Don't forget to include the question number with your response! #saass
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MattDeegI've always had fun with focus groups. #saass
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stephaniemzStephanie, Iowa State University. Work for research institute, conduct many focus groups #saass
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cindykaneHi assessment chat... Cindy from Bridgewater State University. #sadoc student and student affairs assessment superfan #saass
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UOAdvDirRT @lmendersby: Don't forget you can follow along at http://t.co/Cp2ee43I or http://t.co/A2UFOG3H. Let's get our chat on! #saass
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MattDeeg@cindykane Can we get "student affairs assessment superfan" on a mug or a t-shirt? #saass
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lmendersbyQ1: What makes a focus group different from other question asking methods (e.g. surveys)? #saass
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stephaniemzQ1: Well, it's qualitative for one ;) #saass
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EvanHeiserQ1 You can easily go into depth on an answer! #saass
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lmendersbyGreat idea! RT @MattDeeg: @cindykane Can we get "student affairs assessment superfan" on a mug or a t-shirt? #saass
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MattDeegA1: Instant feedback, personalized/broader responses. Also, I feel like the discussion has the opportunity to go many directions. #saass
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stephaniemzQ1: You can ask for clarification and follow-up #saass
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UOAdvDirJennifer Joslin, U-Oregon, #acadv admin. Lurking & learning. #saass
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lmendersbyAm I sensing some qualitative data love here? :) RT @stephaniemz: Q1: Well, its qualitative for one ;) #saass
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NotAnnieButAnneQ1: Can be flexible. Even if questions prepared in advance the conversation can go its own way, bringing out new ideas. #saass
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stephaniemz@lmendersby Yes :) #saass
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AnnetteMartelRT @lmendersby: I'm nerding out a little about conducting an informal focus group to discuss focus groups. #nerdalert #saass
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MattDeeg@NotAnnieButAnne That flexibility is key! You can ask follow-ups and go deeper with answers. #saass
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lmendersby@UOAdvDir Happy to have you here friend! Feel free to chime in - I know you've got great ideas to share! #saass
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EvanHeiserQ1: With focus groups you also have to consider how answers are influenced by others, the environment, and the facilitator #saass
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stephaniemzSometimes your FG is research, sometimes you use your FG to develop research #saass
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cindykaneQ1: There's an interplay between participants in focus groups that surveys can't offer. Sometimes positive, sometimes not... #saass
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lmendersby@stephaniemz Qualitative data was (and is) my first love. I love stories! #saass
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EvanHeiserExcellent point! RT @stephaniemz: Q1: Sometimes your FG is research, sometimes you use your FG to develop research #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: Sometimes your FG is research, sometimes you use your FG to develop research #saass
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stephaniemzSorry, Q1RT @stephaniemz: Sometimes your FG is research, sometimes you use your FG to develop research #saass
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lmendersbyMT @FishmanSeth Probably the right thing - those "discussion" groups f very useful in design and delivery of focus/discussion groups #saass
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lmendersbyQ2: Let's go back a step. What questions are you delving deeper into? Do you write questions differently here than for surveys? #saass
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stephaniemzQ2: Mine are mostly open-ended. "Tell me about a time" "How does having X help you" etc #saass
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MattDeegA2: I tend to go deeper into the "why" behind things. It's easy to get what answers from surveys and such. But I want the backstory. #saass
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stephaniemzQ2: We use FG to help triangulate other data points, so ? relate to study goals. #saass
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lmendersbyTell us more! RT @stephaniemz: Q2: We use FG to help triangulate other data points, so ? relate to study goals. #saass
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NotAnnieButAnneQ2: Are the outcomes we set the outcomes they need? We're meeting our goals (per survey data), but are they ready for soph yr? #saass
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lmendersbyQ3: You've written your questions but you need people to answer them. How do you recruit your participants? #saass
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stephaniemzQ2: Current study is on communication skills of scientists in middle schools. #saass
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stephaniemzQ2: So we compare FG data to what we know from surveys, observations and their monthly reports. #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: Q2: So we compare FG data to what we know from surveys, observations and their monthly reports. #saass
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EvanHeiserQ3: Try and use existing groups and make personal invitations #saass
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stephaniemzQ3: food? #saass
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lmendersbyMT @NotAnnieButAnne We ask what else they want/need from us but I think simply asking what info/skills would have helped transition. #saass
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lmendersbyThat seems to work well in most cases. :) RT @stephaniemz: Q3: food? #saass
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EvanHeiserQ3: Finding students who already are talking about the topic helps give a voice to students and also can help save money #saass
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NotAnnieButAnneQ3: I'd like to use RAs and and learning community mentors since they can likely convey concerns of other students around them. #saass
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MelissiaBrannenMelissia w/Student Activities at #ColumbiaCollegeSC Lurking my first #saass chat for tips. Q3: food and prizes help get ppl to participate
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lmendersbyQ3.1: Do you find you get a lot of the same students out to each focus group? How do we select & attract our target audience? #saass
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lmendersby@MelissiaBrannen Happy to have you here Melissia! Thanks for joining in! #saass
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NotAnnieButAnne@EvanHeiser Great idea to use those already involved. I hadn't considered our front desk staff, but it makes perfect sense! #saass
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EvanHeiserQ3.1: Asking those students who have participated in FGs before to recommend friends, ask others for you, or best help facilitate! #saass
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stephaniemzQ4: I start with a few Q that everyone needs to answer to help them start talking. Hate it when one person dominates #saass
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EvanHeiserQ4: looking forward to answers - this is the really hard part! #saass
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stephaniemzQ4: I also like it when they look at each other and not me, lol. #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: Q4: I start with a few Q that everyone needs to answer to help them start talking. Hate it when one person dominates #saass
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EvanHeiser@stephaniemz what do you do when one person takes over right at the start? #saass
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lmendersbyI've learnt jumping right into the dialogue doesn't always work. Some people like to internally process first. #saass
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stephaniemz@EvanHeiser I'll normally "call" on someone else for their opinion. I tell ppl I'll do that before we get started. #saass
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stephaniemzQ4: I will sometimes put my questions on a sheet and place it around table so ppl have a visual. #saass
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EvanHeiser@lmendersby how do you get them to start processing internally without jumping right into the dialogue? #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: @EvanHeiser I'll normally "call" on someone else for their opinion. I tell ppl I'll do that before we get started. #saass
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EvanHeiser@stephaniemz that is an awesome way to do it - does it ever make students feel uncomfortable knowing you may call on them anytime? #saass
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lmendersby@EvanHeiser It can be as simple as giving them time to read a written version of the question(s) & take notes before we start #saass
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EvanHeiser@stephaniemz had never thought about doing that - have always kept questions to myself #saass
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stephaniemz@EvanHeiser I try to set it up from the start so that it's not a surprise. I think that helps. #saass
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lmendersby@EvanHeiser Remember everyone processes information in their own way. There's also some accessibility considerations there too. #saass
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MelissiaBrannenQ4: everyone writes down why they are there and what they want to discuss. Read and create fg expectations. #saass
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MattDeegProcessing ahead of time: I give them the general outline of the conversation...not specific questions, but the topic for sure. #saass
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EvanHeiser@lmendersby definitely - I always worried that that was a disadvantage to FGs that internal processors got dominated by external #saass
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stephaniemzQ4: Most, if not all, of my FG require IRB so they fill out consent first which gives them time to think about study #saass
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lmendersbyRT @MelissiaBrannen: Q4: everyone writes down why they are there and what they want to discuss. Read and create fg expectations. #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: Q4: Most, if not all, of my FG require IRB so they fill out consent first which gives them time to think about study #saass
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lmendersby@MelissiaBrannen Great idea about FG expectations Melissia! Is this something you create beforehand or with the group? #saass
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EvanHeiser@stephaniemz for focus groups that aren't done for research - would you say they need IRB approval? #saass
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MelissiaBrannen@lmendersby great point #saass
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stephaniemz@EvanHeiser Nope! Not unless you want to do something external with the data (present/publish) #saass
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lmendersbyQ5: You've had a great discussion - now what? How do you record and/or analyse these focus group conversations? #saass
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stephaniemzQ5: Once the transcription is printed, I code using qualitative analysis. Some FG just require summary though. #saass
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lmendersbyRT @stephaniemz: Q5: Once the transcription is printed, I code using qualitative analysis. Some FG just require summary though. #saass
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EvanHeiser@stephaniemz Coding is key! (also really fun to see how similar or different groups are in this way) #saass
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lmendersbyRT @MelissiaBrannen I create a couple of expected outcomes and let them set the rest. Gives responsibility to participants. #saass
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MattDeegA5: Coding is certainly key. You have to have broad enough categories, but focus them so no overlap. #saass
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MattDeegA5: In coding, I generally review all responses to get a feel, then go back and create large boxes, then smaller boxes to group. #saass
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lmendersbyRT @MattDeeg: A5: Coding is certainly key. You have to have broad enough categories, but focus them so no overlap. #saass
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EvanHeiserQ5: Working with students to help with analysis can also be a great way to get students engaged in assessment process as well #saass
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lmendersbyMT @EvanHeiser: Q5: Working with students to help with analysis can also be great way to get students engaged in assessment process #saass
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lmendersbyQ6: Who sees your focus group results? How do you prepare the data for presentation and/or communication? #saass
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EvanHeiserQ6: Always like to have at least one set of eyes who is "on the outside" review coding, data, and conclusions before presenting #saass
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MattDeegA6: Whoever asks for them? I typically group under the boxes...large headings then narrow it down. Also memorable quotes. #saass
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EvanHeiser@MattDeeg Memorable quotes are always nice to emphasize and illustrate key points and findings #saass
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stephaniemzQ6: Depends. For work, I create technical reports that we deliver to clients. For others, use them to inform decisions. #saass
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MattDeegA6: Also, readibility is key. Have to remember that we LIKE assessment...our readers might not. #saass
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