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Focus Groups With School Staff to Explore Asset-building Innovativeness

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Objective: To assist with interpretations of findings from a survey assessing the diffusion of an asset-building innovation in 3 school districts. Methods: Eight focus groups were conducted with 69 school administrators, teachers, and guidance counselors in 3 school districts. Three reviewers examined transcripts for common themes. Results: The themes that arose related to effective communication channels, barriers that prevent diffusion in the schools, the need for improved relationships, and addressing of students' needs. Conclusion: The study illustrates the advantages of linking qualitative and quantitative methods when performing evaluations by enhancing both the validity and usefulness of findings.

Keywords: developmental assets; evaluation; focus groups

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Mahoney Consulting Group, Wadsworth, OH. 2: Mahoney Consulting Group, Kent OH. 3: Mahoney Consulting Group, San Diego CA.

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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