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Using Focus Groups to Assess the Impact of Environmental Health Science Programs for K-12 Educational Community

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Using Focus Groups to Assess the Impact of Environmental Health Science Programs for K-12 Educational Community

You are being asked to give your child permission to take part in a focus group to talk
about what he or she has learned over the past year. Your child's school and other schools
in the area have been working with a program called the Models of Implementation and
Dissemination of Environmental Health and Science Across Subjects (MIDAS) Project. The MIDAS
Project was developed by The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville,


Students will be asked to share about the topics that they learned about over the past year,
including their field trip experiences. Participation in the focus group is strictly
voluntary, and your child may or may not choose to take part. This focus group will not be
graded, and your child's name will not be recorded with his or her responses. If your child
chooses not to participate in this focus group, he or she will not be penalized in any way.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Students must be in one of the identified classes in one of the participating grades
from one of the participating schools.

- Students must return a completed and signed parental consent form.

- Students must be present at school on the day that the focus groups are conducted.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Students whose parents did not complete the consent form, and/or students who do not
wish to participate can opt out of the focus groups without any penalty.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Outputs From Focus Groups (Qualitative Narrative)

Outcome Time Frame:

2 Years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Robin Fuchs-Young, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

January 2007

Completion Date:

February 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Healthy
  • Education
  • 4th-8th Grade Student
  • MIDAS Project
  • Focus Group Discussion
  • Bastrop



UT MD Anderson Cancer CenterHouston, Texas  77030