Using Focus Groups for Community Development

Paul Lachapelle, Community Development Specialist, and Tara Mastel, Community and Economic Development Agent

Why use Focus Groups?
A focus group provides insightful understanding of complex issues and situations which cannot be gathered from standard multiple choice surveys or large public 

Mary Peabody, University of Vermont Extension

Mary Peabody, UVM Extension

Mary Peabody is a Community & Economic Development Specialist with University of Vermont Extension. She is passionate about working with small-scale farmers and small business owners on issues related to business planning, marketing and feasibility. She also works with rural …

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, provides an introduction to the seven core competencies that focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues,