0648-0744 Appendix B Focus Group Script

Resident Perceptions of Offshore Wind Energy Development off the Oregon Coast

0648-0744 Appendix B Focus Group Script

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Focus Group Script

  1. Introductions (10 min)

    • Introduce NCCOS team and purpose

      • Who we are and who we represent

      • Introduce moderator

      • Study sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (or NOAA)

    • Why you have been asked to participate

      • You are a resident of the Oregon Coast who may have opinions on offshore wind energy development in the region

      • You are here today to help pilot test an upcoming NOAA survey, and share your feedback

      • We’d like to know how you interpret and understand questions and would like to gain perspectives into the types of responses that might be received

      • Pilot studies are a crucial element of good study design, and while conducting such pilot studies do not guarantee success in the main study, it does increase the likelihood of success

    • How the discussion will work

      • Session will last about an hour

      • We will write a summary report based on the discussion, but no names will be used

      • Discussion will be open an informal

      • We will hear from everyone in the group

      • One person talks at a time

      • No right or wrong answers or ideas - We want YOUR opinions

      • Silence or turn off cell phones

      • Although we are talking about topics related to coastal hazards and coastal management, I am not an expert, so I may not be able to answer all of your questions

    • Participant introductions

      • First name or pseudonym, where you are from, and how you relate, professionally or personally, to offshore wind energy development

  2. Survey (20 min)

    • You will answer a series of questions related to offshore wind energy development on the Oregon Coast

    • The information from the full implementation of the survey help BOEM assess the potential human and social impacts from offshore wind energy development in your region

    • Complete the survey as you would in an everyday setting

    • We will have a discussion when you finish

    • This is not a test and you will not be quizzed when finished, so please just navigate through the questions and respond as you would if you were doing this on your own

    • If you have any questions as you are taking the survey, jot it down and hold your question until after you are done taking the survey

    • We will have time to walk through the questions at the end.

    • Any questions? [If none] Please read the instructions and begin!

[Monitor completion times and watch participants to see which questions take the greatest effort]

  1. Review of Questions (25 minutes)

    • Let’s go over a few of the questions.

    • First, looking at the items that may be impacted by offshore wind energy development.

      • Did each of these items make sense to you? Would you rephrase any of them?

        • [If not mentioned] Was the difference between Q7 and Q8 clear? Did the different potential impact directions make sense?

        • [If not mentioned] How did you interpret impacts to electricity availability?

        • [If not mentioned] Should views of the ocean be split into daytime views and nighttime views?

      • Were there any items you expected to see, but didn’t?

      • If you were unsure about any of the impacts, what specifically were you unsure about?

        • [If not mentioned] Were you unsure about whether there would be an impact or the direction of the impact?

    • Moving on to Question 9.

      • Were you familiar with each of these energy sources?

      • Were any energy sources confusing to you?

      • Were there any energy sources you were expecting to see, but didn’t?

    • Now looking at the questions related to public participation on the Oregon Coast.

      • Do you understand what is meant by “public participation?”

      • Were any of these questions difficult to answer?

      • Did you understand all of the actions?

        • [If not mentioned] How did you interpret “Tried to change a friend’s or relative’s mind”?

        • [If not mentioned] How did you interpret “Influenced others using social media”?

      • Were we missing any important action types?

      • Did you understand each of the goals listed in Question 14?

      • Are there any important goals that are missing from Question 14?

    • [If there is time remaining] With the time remaining, let’s open the discussion up to the rest of the survey. Are there any questions, comments, or suggestions you’d like to share?

      • [If not mentioned] Did you need to read any questions more than once because you weren’t sure what they were asking?

      • [If not mentioned] Were any particularly difficult to answer?

      • [If not mentioned] Did we use the correct terminology?

      • [If not mentioned] Did the scales make sense?

  2. Close out (5 min)

    • Is there anything else you wanted to share today?

    • Thank you for your time

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