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Terms Definitions
Facilitator A person who has the role to facilitate a structured group process (for instance participatory integrated assessment) in such a way that the aim of that group process will be met.
Focus group Well established research technique applied since the 1940's in the social sciences, marketing fields, evaluation and decision research. Generally, a group of 5 to 12 people are interviewed by a moderator on a specific focused subject. With the focus group technique the researcher can obtain at the same time information from various individuals together with the interactions amongst them. To a certain extent such artificial settings simulate real situations where people communicate among each other.
Functional error Functional error arises from uncertainty about the nature of the process represented by the model. Uncertainty about model structure frequently reflects disagreement between experts about the underlying causal mechanisms.
 
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