Prevention Toolkit Discussion Guide
Here are some sample questions you could use to stimulate discussion after presenting the Youth Survey data to your group.
- How is this data reflective of what we see in our community? What do you think accounts for any differences?
- What factors within our community do we think contribute to these results?
What can we do about it?
- What kinds of programs and activities could address these issues and the factors that contribute to them?
- How can we promote awareness and education about these issues in our community?
- What kinds of policies and practices can be changed to address these issues? Consider not just things that governments can do, but also things that can be done locally, in churches, homeowners associations, and youth organizations, among others.
- Who could we partner with?
- How can we prioritize the things we want to address and the strategies we want to take?
- What should our next steps be to make these ideas a reality?
Guidelines for a Productive Discussion
(from Lehigh University, “Conducting a Focus Group” )
- Set the tone; participants should be engaged and comfortable interacting.
- Make sure every participant is heard; draw out quieter group members.
- Get full answers (not just "we need more money" but "we need more money to hire a receptionist to answer phones").
- Monitor time closely; don’t exceed time limits.
- Keep the discussion on track; try to answer all or most of the questions.
- Head off exchanges of opinion about individual items.
Have a question or suggestion? Email the Prevention Staff for assistance.