Through the Eyes of the Youth Experience with Programs at the Crissy Field Center Using the Focus Group Technique. Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D. Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator.
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Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator
Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) encourages, prepares, and challenges young people from diverse backgrounds to be advocates for environmental and social change.
I-YEL is youth initiated, designed, and coordinated. They receive support and training in planning and implementing projects that create positive change in their communities. Through leadership development, career exploration, and goal setting, I-YEL participants acquire the skills necessary to be the leaders of today and the future.
Low cost and quicker results
Facilitator can probe
High in face validity
Ability to stimulate ideas and experiences among participants by allowing spontaneity and candor.
For basic evaluation - Engage in a “data reduction”
process in whatever way you are comfortable with!
Example of simple technique:
1. Read through detailed notes or transcripts of the dialogue,2. Identify the major themes in answers to each question, 3. Support themes with anonymous quotes, and4. Summarize or “top-line” your findings.
Common Themes Across All Groups
1. Connection to program & park
2. Program impact
3. Motivation to join
4. Social growth
5. Personal growth
6. Topic specific education
7. Improved school performance
8. Desire to increase outreach efforts
9. Contribution to the environment
10. Healthy lifestyles
Overview of Focus Groups
Bring back info to their community
Importance of sharing knowledge
Educate other people
Advocate on behalf of environment
Get to see the bigger picture
Starts to feel natural to care about the environment
“The first two years here I learned more than in four years in high school. Here I learn through young people, there’s less pressure and we are learning from each other not just from a teacher.”
~Nicaraguan male, 18 years old, 3 years in the program
Enriched knowledge and awareness of surroundings; increased confidence in activism
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“I don’t just act or behave differently, I live differently. And
more appropriately I live better than I used to…”
~ 20 year old, Mixed-race female, three years in I-YEL, one year with UTB as Assistant Leader
report your outcomes
use your findings
(if not, find out why!)
(written, presentation, both)
Nina S. Roberts