Memo to all members
The GSDCA National Council Executive has asked all State Clubs to organise a meeting aimed primarily at Breeders and Exhibitors who may from time to time use the GSDCA Breed Survey Scheme.
Attendees at the meeting will be split into small focus discussion groups of around six people and each group will have a group facilitator to run the group discussion.
The idea behind this is to get some feedback and suggestions on what can be done to improve the Breed Survey Scheme and to also encourage all of our breeders to use the scheme.
It has been agreed that, to encourage open and frank discussion within the group, no Judge or Surveyor will be part of the group either as a participant or as a facilitator. The Judges and Surveyors can however form a group of their own with a facilitator if they so wish.
I was hoping to hold the meeting on a Sunday but unfortunately to fit in with the closing date for the information to be sent to the GSDCA Secretary there are no Sundays that can be used as the club has already been booked for other events therefore the meeting will be held on Monday the 6th June 2016 starting at 7.30pm.
It is expected that once the meeting has been split into groups the Focus Group Discussions will take about 20 to 30 minutes. The facilitators will write down the responses of each group member then the lead facilitator will include all the data on to the Lead Facilitator’s analysis sheet which he will forward to the GSDCA Secretary to be used at the Breed Forum which will be held on Saturday the 30th July 2016 at the NBC meeting week-end in Sydney. The Lead Facilitator will be the Club President.
I have included the suggested questions to be asked at the group discussions to give you all an idea of what to expect and the group facilitator will have a copy of the questions as well as a number of prompts to help with the discussions.
GSDCA Breed Survey Evaluation 2016
Questions for the focus group interviews Participants copy
Breed survey scheme
- What is working well with the Breed Survey scheme?
- Are Breed survey assessments consistent between the surveyors in our state?
- What expectations do you have of your breed surveyors?
- What suggestions could you make to improve the Breed Survey scheme?
- Have you anything else to add?
I hope that you will all take advantage of this one off opportunity to have a voice on how to improve and/or get the best out of the Breed Survey Scheme.
If you have any questions about this meeting please feel free to contact me and I will try and answer any queries that you may have.
Ian Marr, GSDA of WA President.
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Control Scheme Application form under “Advice to Veterinarian” which reads as follows:-
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