Focus Groups: Consultation in Nottinghamshire

This guide from the Nottinghamshire County Council outlines a detailed step-by-step process for running focus groups in a consultative process.


  • Introduction
  • Participants
  • Coverage
  • Level of structure
  • Duration
  • Location
  • Data collection option
  • Observation
  • Preparation
  • Recruitment of participants
  • Confidentiality
  • Typical format for the day
  • The role of the facilitator/moderator
  • Working with sub­group
  • How to guide a discussion
  • Project techniques
  • Drawing a focus group to its conclusion
  • Wring up focus group notes
  • Feedback


Nottinghamshire County Council, (2007). Consultation in Nottinghamshire: focus groups. Retrieved from website:

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