A focus or discussion group can be a great way of engaging with a small group of people to get feedback on a very specific topic. For example, if you're developing an information pack for people who have depression, it might be a good idea to hold a series of focus groups in different geographical areas, and across a range of communities.
Focus groups are very helpful in developing ideas, because the group can explore and reflect on things together.
This tool helps ensure your activity/event runs as smooth as possible. From how you present questions to participants and to identifying what resources you will need.
If you're asking people to join a one-off focus group or discussion event, a group agreement lets everyone know where they stand and helps to create a safe space for openness and honesty. If you're setting up a regular forum, make sure you have some terms of reference in place so that expectations are clear.