In order to make focus group sessions as convenient as possible, they would take place post-training or as lunchtime seminar. Focus groups would take a maximum of 60 minutes. Together with six or so of your judicial colleagues we would discuss design ideas for digital learning/ remote online training based on questions which you could see in advance (and outline of discussion prompts can be found here). You would not be asked to comment on the merits of government policy or on individual cases.
You would be invited to choose a means of remote focus group participation in place of/ in addition to face-to-face interviews, in order to account for restrictions related to Covid-19. You would receive an e-mail invitation with a link to a web application – you would be invited to choose between
1) MS Skype for Business, 2) MS Teams, or 3) Zoom.
Research would be carried out between 01/2021 and 06/2021. With your permission, the focus group would be audio-recorded so as to facilitate subsequent transcription (producing a written record of the discussion).
Your participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from the focus group at any time without giving a reason, and without any adverse consequences.