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Table 1 Sample size and criteria for focus groups and interviews

From: The ‘experimental public’ in longitudinal health research: views of local leaders and service providers in rural South Africa

Organisation Focus groups Individual interviews Notes on selection process
CDFs 4 focus groups ranging from 8 to 11 participants from 4 to 6 villages. 35 people in all from 20 villages (3 did not send representatives)   1 or 2 participants from each CDF (one a long-term member; one with a shorter term).
Traditional Councils   2 (1) Traditional Council secretaries
2 Indunas
There are three Traditional Councils and one has only one village in the research site. Hence secretaries of only 2 Traditional Councils were interviewed. Each recommended an Induna for interview from within their Council, who had represented their village for the full 25 years of research.
Municipalities   2 (1) regional municipal managers
3 ward councilors
The PEO works with only 2 regional municipalities, and both regional municipal managers were interviewed. The PEO works with 9 ward councilors and interviews were done with the three who have the most villages in their wards included in the HDSS study area.
Department of Health Focus group with managers of 8 Home Based Care Organisations (HBCs) 4 clinic managers 4 individual interviews with the clinic managers of the four busiest clinics and 1 focus group with the managers of all eight HBCs based at 8 clinics.
Department of Education   2 (1) education circuit managers The PEO works with five education circuits, but only interviewed circuit managers from the two that have several schools in the research site.
Total participants 45 people in 5 FGDs 15 (11)  
  1. NB Numbers in brackets represent final sample included in the paper