As well as typical meeting transcriptions, we cater for the demands of focus group transcription services. Often held with groups ranging from a small handful to possibly fifteen or so participants, these groups can be considerably challenging to transcribe. But here at Transcription City we have a team of highly-skilled and experienced typists available to tackle even the most complex of tasks.
Focus Group Transcription Services – Participant Identification
With several or more participants, it is important to be able to identify individual speakers. Once a client provides notes detailing names, our typists can, with the aid of speaker introductions at the start of the recordings, identify and distinguish one speaker from another. Each speaker will be identified by their initials on the transcript, enabling a greater level of accuracy in the transcription record.
For some clients, however, speaker identification is not a necessary requirement. In this instance, individuals can simply be noted by whether they are male or female, and also by number. For example, one speaker may be recorded as ‘M1’ and another will be ‘M2’, ‘F1’ and so on.
Focus Group Transcription Services – Choice of Verbatim
Whilst some clients may wish to have their focus groups transcribed by strict verbatim, this can be more time-consuming and expensive. Strict verbatim requires every word and sound to be recorded, and this inevitably includes repetition of irrelevant subject matter. Frequently, clients prefer to opt for intelligent verbatim, whereby repetition and ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ are omitted. This provides a cleaner end product, at the same time maintaining a high level of accuracy.
Focus Group Transcription Services – Recording Methods
The use of specialist recording equipment for the purposes of large meetings such as focus groups allows for a higher quality recording. Additionally, when conducting such groups it is essential to minimise excess noise and for speakers to speak as clearly as possible. Ideally, mobile phones and other such devices should be turned off so that there is less chance of interference on the audio recording. While digital recording devices are preferable, analogue devices are a suitable alternative and our typists have the means to work from these also.
Focus Group Transcription Services – Confidentiality
Files can be sent and received via our encrypted transfer system, alongside a private network firewall. This method of delivery keeps information private and provides our clients with peace of mind. Whatever the areas of discussion in your focus groups, our typists are bound by our confidentiality agreement, therefore you can rest assured we are both trustworthy and reliable.
For all of your focus group transcription services needs, please contact us today through the website, email or telephone for a discussion and a no-obligation quote.
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