This workshop will illustrate a recommended process for developing and delivering a focus group to a mixed group of 5 -15 people. It includes information on recruitment, use of a focus group questionnaire, facilitation techniques, and focus group reporting, among others. The instructor draws from international and Canadian experience.
Harry Cummings is the Director of HCA. Harry Cummings has Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from Clark University and a B.A. Honours from Western. He is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society. His experience includes international rural development and project management of large interdisciplinary rural development projects. In Canadian and international contexts he has also worked on rural-urban issues including migration, land use and regional planning. His urban planning experience includes water conservation, retail planning, transportation planning, industrial planning, economic and financial analysis and zoning and severance issues. He has experience in Canada, USA, Poland, Ethiopia, Malawi, all of Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, Turkey, Portugal and Panama . His specialty areas include economic impact assessment, evaluation, economic impact of agriculture, survey and research methods. He has managed over 75 major consulting projects with budgets as high as $40 million and as many as 40 staff.
Harry is a full professor at the School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph . He has supervised over 120 graduate students and teaches graduate courses in Regional Economics, Program Evaluation, Community Economic Development and Research Methods, He is an active community member and has served on the boards of many community organizations. Harry is fluent in French and Indonesian.
This event is part of four workshops CES Ontario is offering in Toronto on November 10 and 11. Please note that it will be held concurrently with one other session. The full workshop schedule is:
Thursday, November 10, 2 pm - 5 pm
- Advanced Survey Research — Benoît Gauthier, CE & Dr. Simon Roy, CE
- Focus Groups in Evaluation — Dr. Harry Cummings, CE
Friday, November 11, 9 am - 12 pm
- Conducting Complex Evaluations – Dr. Simon Roy, CE & Benoît Gauthier. CE
- After Data Analysis: A Policy Framework for Astute Recommendations – Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington, CE
This workshop is also considered "ongoing learning and professional development" under Qualification 4 of the Credentialled Evaluator designation.