This site brings you the most useful resources on preparing and conducting focus group discussions. Let us know if you think that an important resource is missing. 

Conducting Focus Group Discussions

2016, FHI 360
Brief and practical guide to conducting focus group discussions. 

Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector’s Field Guide

2005, FHI 360
The publication is one of the best guides on using qualitative research methods. It covers the following topics: Module 1 – Qualitative Research Methods Overview Module 2 – Participant Observation Module 3 – In-Depth Interviews Module 4 – Focus Groups Module 5 – Data Documentation and Management

How to Run a Focus Group

This website offers visual, step-by-step guide to preparing and conducting focus groups. 

Checklist for Monitoring Focus Group Discussions

2016, People in Need (PIN)
This one-page checklist is a useful tool for supervising the quality of focus group discussions (FGD). Based on the identified strengths and weaknesses, you can provide the FGD facilitator and recorder with a constructive feedback that helps them improve the quality of their work.

Data collection: Qualitative Methods

2009, Médecins du Monde
This practically written document familiarises aid workers, who are not specialists in social sciences, with qualitative data collection and analysis. 

Formative Research Guide

2014, CARE
This guide provides development practitioners with a range of tools they need to conduct qualitative research. It helps them to assess the factors that influence people's abilities and willingness to adopt and practice positive behaviours. While the guide's main focus is on infant and young child feeding, the provided tools are very useful also for research in other sectors,...

Qualitative Research for Development: A guide for practitioners

2015, Practical Action
The publication provides useful guidance on several qualitative research methods, including semi-structured interviews, focus group interviews, observations, and various participatory methods. The document is relatively long but you can easily focus just on the topic you are interested in.