By using FGI as a selected research method in focused group discussions, we tried to get an answer to the following 4 research questions:
- Programmes of psychosocial support to displaced and refugee women
- Formal-legal framework for the provision of psychosocial support to displaced and refugee women
- Inter-institutional and intersectoral cooperation
- Perspectives, suggestions, recommendations
Participants in the focus group discussions were primarily selected on the basis of their experience in working with the refugee and IDP population; to FGI were invited the persons who had worked or were still working in providing psychosocial support and various forms of assistance to refugees and displaced persons. These are professionals engaged in institutions or nongovernmental organisations (but often the same people are engaged in both places): when it comes to social welfare institutions, mostly they were CSWs, health centres, educational institutions at all levels (from preschool to higher education institutions), Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, local governments, and the Red Cross as an organisation with a separate status (neither government nor nongovernmental organisation). When we talk about NGOs, the research was participated by current or former employees of the 8 international organisations (FOD, MSF, SDF, OSCE, OXFAM UK, IFRC. DRC, EHO) and 14 local organisations (Group 484, AŽIN, Hi Neighbour, IAN, Sunce, Svetionik, HCIT, NSHC, Caritas Šabac, Osvit, Amity, Fenomena, Duga).
Organisational and technical aspects of the FGI realisation - number of FG participants and FG locations In the period from March 3 to April 20, 2016 a total of 10 focus groups were held, involving a total of 69 persons - providers of psychosocial and other assistance to refugees and displaced persons.