Research Governance Focus Groups

Lab to the Real World: Community Focus Groups on Governing Promising Research

Science and technology give us ways to address everything from disease to disasters. However, modern scientific research in areas such as health, food, and environment can be a risky endeavor. Sometimes it can lead to potential harms and irreversible outcomes. As research progresses from the lab to the real world, how should we address risks and uncertainties? Who decides what to research, when, and how?

The purpose of the study is to research lay citizens and stakeholder views to produce an “Issue Guide” to be used in a expert-stakeholder workshop on public deliberation design for field research governance. To investigate lay citizens views, we plan to hold a 4-5 hour focus group of 10-15 people to capture personal perspectives from rural, urban, and sub-urban settings. We will also seek participants from diverse demographic backgrounds and ideological perspectives.

The focus group will be broken into two-sessions separated by a lunch break. The two-session model is designed to elicit both unstructured and structured responses from participants. The first session will be entirely open-ended, only framed by “concern-gathering.” The second session will be more structured, elaborating on concerns that emerge in the first session and introducing aspects of research concerns that may have been “missed” in the first session. Doing two sessions will allows us to collect two types of participant responses, unfiltered reflections and broader responses to issues that participants might not have considered before.

Participate

ASU West Campus, Glendale, AZ 
Saturday, April 7, 10am-2:30pm

Join in and share your views about how to govern high-risk, high-payoff research. You will meet fellow citizens, learn about proposed experiments, and engage in thoughtful dialogue. No prior knowledge is required. There are no incorrect answers—every viewpoint is welcome and wanted!

Farragut Square, Washington, DC 
Saturday, April 21, 10am-2:30pm

Join in and share your views about how to govern high-risk, high-payoff research. You will meet fellow citizens, learn about proposed experiments, and engage in thoughtful dialogue. No prior knowledge is required. There are no incorrect answers—every viewpoint is welcome and wanted! Apply here: https://bit.ly/2GP1YRX