FOCUS GROUPS ON FAMILY LAW ISSUES RELATED TO CUSTODY AND ACCESS

APPENDIX A: SCREENER'S GUIDE

Hello, I'm line of R.I.S. Christie, a marketing research company. We are organizing a research project on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada -- a department of the federal government. In this project, an individual like yourself is chosen to sit down with several others and give ideas and opinions. We are having a few of these sessions, and would be interested in having you participate.

The purpose of the research is to get public input on some issues related to children and how decisions should be made about children in the event of a divorce.

Your participation is voluntary, and everything you say will be kept confidential. If you choose not to participate, this will not affect you adversely in any way. Thank you for your cooperation.

I need to ask you a few questions to see if you fit the profile of the type of people we are looking for in this research.

NOTE: ALL RESPONDENTS MUST FALL WITHIN THE BOXED AREAS TO QUALIFY; WE WANT TO INVITE PEOPLE WHO ARE ARTICULATE AND INTERESTED IN A GROUP DISCUSSION, NOT JUST THE INCENTIVE.

INVITATION

We are going to talk about some issues surrounding children and divorce. The entire session will last about 3 hours. In the first hour of the session, you will be asked to read various materials related to these issues, on your own. A 2-hour group discussion will then follow. We are interested in your opinion and believe you will find the session very interesting. All of your comments will be kept in strict confidence, and you will not be contacted by anyone outside the facility. For taking part, you will be given an honorarium of (5:30 session $90; 7:30 session $75) and refreshments will be served during the session. Would you be willing to participate?

Question # Instruction
Yes 1 CONTINUE
No 2 THANK AND TERMINATE

Thank you. We would like to invite you to participate in one of our group discussions. The session will last 3 hours, and will be held:

SCHEDULE

CITY DATE LOCATION GROUP TYPE TIME
Toronto March 8 Camelford Graham/Focus First
2300 Yonge Street
Suite 1001
Women
Men
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Halifax March 9 Omnifacts Research
Cogswell Tower
2000 Barrington Street
Men
Women
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Edmonton March 13 Research Innovations
10303 Jasper Avenue
Suite 1000
Women
Men
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Vancouver March 14 6 th Line Solutions
1156 Hornby Street
Men
Women
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
7:30 - 10:30 P.M.
Montreal March TBD TBD Women
Men
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
7:30 - 10:30 P.M.

Someone from our office will be calling you back to confirm these arrangements. Could I please have your name and phone number where we can reach you during the evening and during the day?

Thank you very much!

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