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Session 3: How to Organize and Conduct a Focus Group
Focus groups effectively gather in-depth information and a range of perspectives on a topic that is important but not well understood. Focus groups can assist treatment courts in better understanding the experiences of staff, participants, and community members. The NADCP Equity and Inclusion Toolkit includes organizing and conducting a focus group. This webinar will detail how to organize a focus group and how to conduct it.

By the end of the training session, team members will be able to:
1. Know who to invite, how many, and how to facilitate the discussion.
2. Know the role of the facilitator and where to hold the focus group
3. Know how to record the discussion and what to expect from the participants
4. Know how to formulate the discussion questions and length of time to hold the focus group
5. Know how to engage the individuals and how to analyze the discussion content and obtain useful results

This webinar is approximately 75 minutes.

Sep 8, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Anne Janku
Private Consultant
Anne Janku was originally trained as an agricultural economist and worked in the Sahel region of Africa on development projects that focused on the effect of agricultural innovations on family well-being. After completing her Ph.D., she became a research professor at the University of Missouri and shifted her focus to people involved with the justice system, including drug courts. She led the research unit at the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator for over 11 years. Ms. Janku has played a lead role in evaluations of Missouri adult drug courts and reentry courts. She led major research projects on parental incarceration and its impact on children, racial disparities in the justice system, immigrant youth, and crossover youth. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications, including examinations of race and gender impacts in drug court.