Focused Conversations


Focused Conversations

The Focused Conversation technique is a structured approach to discussing complex research decisions (e.g. “how should we evaluate success in this research project?”), with patient/public/community partners, and helping people reach their own conclusions on the topic.

 

The process uses a series of questions based on four stages of thinking:

1.  Objective: review facts about the research decision;

2.  Reflective: review emotional response/reactions to the research decision;

3.  Interpretive: review meaning and significance to the research decision;

4.  Decisional: consider how the research decision will be put into action.

 

Focused conversations can be useful for:

  • Reviewing a number of research questions such as “What outcomes should we look at in this research project?” “What will success look like?” etc.
  • Getting very specific feedback and opinions from patient/public/community research partners.

 

Note: Focused conversations may be very quick or take a long time depending on the topic.

 


 Additional Resources:

1. https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/aswt/talkingtogether/facilitated_art_of_focused_conversation_fact_sheet.html