PVA 3 - Organise focus groups
- PVA takes place through focus group discussion supported by the use of participatory tools. A standard way of doing this is to have groups of men, women and youth, but other groupings might be more relevant, such as: schoolchildren; teachers; professional groupings; etc.
- Ensure that vulnerable groups, both genders and all age ranges are fairly represented.
- Groups should be of a size and climate that allow members to talk freely and actively participate, without being eclipsed by natural leaders. This will enable individuals to consolidate their own understanding and ideas and feel confident about them before discussing and sharing them more broadly.
- The focus groups should get together regularly, at different stages of the PVA, and not just at the end of the process. Frequent meetings will allow them to discuss their provisional findings and ideas, creating a better understanding and consensus among participants.
- The timing and location of groups should be dictated by the participants’ engagements. The poorest and most vulnerable people are likely to have very rigid commitments and little capacity to travel.
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