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Community focus group discussions (Short course)

A self-led online course on how to facilitate inclusive and effective community focus group discussions


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About this course

Holding discussions with the community about the risks they face, and what they could do to prepare for them, is a key part of disaster preparedness. Local people know more about their community than anyone coming in from the outside. 

This short course will help you to facilitate inclusive and effective community focus group discussions as part of disaster preparedness. It is suitable for both those who are experienced in disaster preparedness and response, and those who are exploring for the first time how to help a community reduce the risk of  disaster

This short course on community focus group discussions has been taken from the in-depth online course Disasters and the local church. 

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Course details

What does this course include?

  • top tips for how to hold effective group discussions 
  • activities to help you ensure that different voices are heard
  • scenario-based animations 

What will you gain from the course?

  • confidence in facilitating inclusive discussions
  • experience attending a community focus group discussion 
  • practise checking that key information from the scenario has been recorded

How long will it take?

It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete this course.


This course is free.


Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate.

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