One alternative to focus group research for assessing community educational needs is participant observation research with collaborative stakeholder groups. Dialogue within collaboratives can provide an Extension professional with a robust assessment of community educational needs. In this article, I explore this concept and provide examples of published outputs resulting from my experience with collaborative group participation.
Ekins, J. (2018). Extension Involvement in Collaborative Groups: An Alternative for Gathering Stakeholder Input. The Journal of Extension, 56(2), Article 17. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss2/17