focus group


Definition of focus group 

: a small group of people whose response to something (such as a new product or a politician's image) is studied to determine the response that can be expected from a larger population

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Instead, ask your pediatrician to recommend a gynecologist who sees tons of teens, or use your friends as an informal focus group. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "13 Things No One Tells You About Your First Gyno Visit," 13 Sep. 2018 Three focus groups -- one for pupils, one for staff and one for parents -- were organized recently at the high school. Bob Sandrick,, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board opposes arming teachers, will study other security options," 26 Mar. 2018 That involved focus groups, scouring Yelp to find drivers, testing various pricing models, and more. Carmel Deamicis, Marie Claire, "Meet Uber's Secret Weapon, Austin Geidt," 20 Jan. 2017 Yes, the story is cliche and right out of focus group testing 101, but the game play still shines 20 years later. Harold Goldberg,, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 The possible plans to address overcrowding were formulated, in part, using feedback from a series of nine focus groups held in June around the county. Cody Boteler,, "Possible fixes for Baltimore County high school overcrowding include new construction, 'aggressively' using space," 11 July 2018 After meeting with focus group participants, the EEOC offered more nuanced explanations. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Reports show bias against women in public safety agencies; men oblivious," 29 June 2018 But two possible instances of discrimination were reported in focus group interviews conducted by Drive California, a coalition of advocates studying the impact of the new law., "Kevin de León to Feinstein: 'Don't come back' to California without forcing a government shutdown over Dream Act," 31 Oct. 2017 Eileen Gilbert, whose 83-year-old husband, Dave, was found to have Alzheimer’s four years ago, was part of the app focus group. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Museums Fight the Isolation and Pain of Dementia," 11 Mar. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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: a small group of people whose opinions about something (such as a politician or a new product) are studied to learn the opinions that can be expected from a larger group

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