Phase 3 - Focus groups

-You will need to participate in phase 2 interviews before you engage with phase 3-

We are looking for people in England or Scotland, who have spent at least one COVID-19 lockdown period  in their primary dwelling, living with children. We want to explore your experiences of your home in the periods when nurseries and schools have been closed in one family/household interview.  

Participation in phase 3 involves a one-time focus group with a maximum of 6 people from other families with similar ‘challenge scenarios’ as identified in phase 2. The interview will take place through Microsoft Teams software and will not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes in total. An invite with a link for the meeting will be emailed to you. A member of our research team will make sure the focus group is arranged at a date and time convenient for all participants.

During the focus group: you and participants from other families will chat with a researcher about the similar challenges that you experienced with/in your home during lockdown and the changes that you might have made to your home to cope with challenges. You will discuss and feedback on ideas for a home toolkit that could help other people to create more ‘liveable’ homes, which can cope with common challenges.

After the focus group: you will be sent a booklet of drawings/images and notes to comment on that we will produce in response to the focus group findings. This will inform the final version of our ‘home hack toolkit’.

All adult participants and children 14+ years old will need to consent to participation and sign the online consent form. All participants will be able to withdraw at any stage and the researcher will check at intervals that everyone gives consent to continue. 

Privacy notice: We will use your name and contact details [email] to contact you about the research study. We will collate any photos that you share and any drawings produced during our discussion. The interview discussion will be recorded through the Microsoft Teams software. We will store this file securely until the end of this study (July 2022). Then we will destroy it. You can withdraw your consent and request your information be destroyed at any time. 

Information you provide that could identify you will be held securely with strict arrangements about who can access the information. More specifically, your audio recordings will be anonymized and stored on encrypted, password-protected Newcastle University software and will be used for the purposes of this study only. All transcriptions will be anonymized. The original (non-anonymized) recordings and your contact details will be stored on encrypted, password-protected Newcastle University software and will be destroyed at the end of this study (July 2022). 

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