National Security College focus groups

Information for participants


Sara Rowley, Acting Manager, Evaluations, Planning and Performance Measurement

Roger Bradbury, Coordinator, National Security Research, National Security College

Project title

National Security College: student focus groups

General outline of the project

The Evaluations Team, Planning and Performance Measurement at The Australian National University (ANU) are conducting student focus groups on behalf of the National Security College.

The purpose of the study is to collect feedback about your experience of the National Security College, as part of the NSC's Program Logic and Evaluation Framework. Results will be used to monitor and improve how the NSC is meeting its goals of supporting the development of a national security community and improving its capabilities.

The results of the discussions will be anonymised and summarised for NSC use. These results will be used in conjunction with other sources of information, such as the Student Experience of Learning and Teaching results to better inform the NSC about the experience of students and stakeholders. Results may also contribute to scholarly research and publication. A copy of the published material can be sent to participants on request.

Participant involvement

All current students of the National Security College, mentors, and learning and development contributors, have been invited to participate in a series of student focus groups. Participation in the project is entirely voluntary.

You will be asked to provide feedback on various aspects of your experience at NSC including attractiveness of offerings, expectations, engagement with the College, relevance of learning,the College and its contribution to the Australian national security community.

The discussion will take around 1-1 1/2 hours. With your consent, we will record and later transcribe the discussion to analyse the information we receive. You are free to change your mind about being involved in the study at any time during the focus group.


ANU values your privacy and is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Confidentiality will be protected as far as the law allows. Responses will be reported in aggregate and individuals will be provided with pseudonyms. The study findings will not reveal the identity of any people participating in the study. Names and any potentially identifying details will be changed in any written report of the study so as to ensure that you remain anonymous.

If you volunteer to participate in the focus groups, your name and email address will be held securely for the sole purpose of administration, and will not be disclosed to any other party.

Data storage

The recordings and transcripts will be kept in a network folder accessible only to Planning and Performance Measurement. Your personal details will not be recorded on the recording or transcript. Data will be stored for a period of at least five years from publication.

Queries and concerns

You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions about the study that you would like to discuss. I can be contacted by email or phone 02 61 25 3451

Ethics Committee Clearance

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:

Ethics Manager
The ANU Human Ethics Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Telephone: +61 2 6125 3427

Updated:  28 October 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Director, Planning & Performance Measurement/ Page Contact:  Evaluations Team