Center for Survey Research

Penn State Harrisburg, Center for Survey Research

Current Projects

Pennsylvania Game Commission Focus Group

What is a focus group?

A focus group is a discussion with 10 to 12 people who have similar experiences. The discussion is led by an experienced moderator who will pose questions to the group. The focus group usually lasts 1 to 2 hours.

Who is eligible to participate in the focus group?
We will be conducting the focus group with individuals who have
purchased a Pennsylvania hunting license in 2014 or 2015; however, a current 2015-16 PA hunting license is NOT a requirement. Participants also need to have viewed the GoHuntPA television ads that aired during the most recent hunting season.  Only those who have viewed an ad will be eligible to participate in the group.

Who is doing the focus group?
A research team from the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg will be conducting the groups.

Do I have to answer every question?
Participation in the focus group is voluntary, and you do not have to answer any questions that you don’t want to or that make you feel uncomfortable. Participants will be asked about their experiences with hunting in Pennsylvania.

During the group discussion, we will only use your first name. We will keep any information you share confidential and will not use your name or other identifying information in our reports. We will also ask other focus group participants not to share anything that was discussed during the group.

Why is the focus group being recorded?
We will be video recording the session to document the conversation and to get a good idea of what was said during the discussion. Only members of the research team will have access to the recording. Participants will be asked to sign a consent form giving permission to be recorded.

Will I receive anything for participating in the focus group?
Registered participants will receive $75 and a meal as a token of our appreciation. 


How do I register to participate?
Please contact the Penn State Center for Survey Research focus group team using our toll free voicemail number 1-888-988-2572 or email us at You will be asked a few questions to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the focus group, your name, and a contact number or email where we can reach you when you register. Space is limited to 12 people in each focus group, so register now!