Comments regarding the recent Alliance Focus Group Report

Recently, the Alliance, at that time an organization of 15 of the 20 Colorado Community Centered Boards and many provider agencies for services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, issued a widely distributed report based upon five focus groups throughout the State of Colorado. According to the report, various Colorado Arcs furthered the process by selecting (using specific criteria, including the two criteria listed below) the participants for the focus groups.

There are significant concerns with the validity and generalizability of the findings of this report. We have had the report reviewed by some experts and practitioners of focus group research. The comments of these individual reviewers (below) are in italics.

In regards to the use of focus groups for this type of “research”

The Alliance report then lists the following criteria for choosing participants: