Project Management Report
due in two weeks
Our class client is interested in learning how people perceive the arts in Texarkana. Specific interest is in how far (radius) people might drive to visit our client's gallery and what kinds of artworks and prices would attract people to regularly visit, to bring friends to visit, and to make occasional purchases. One possible way to explore this issue is to conduct focus group interviews with people who are in our initial target.
In proposing an initial exploratory focus group study, let's assume initial fees of $400 per day for IDI/focus group facility rental (a room on our campus to include the cost of a security person) and $15 per qualified respondent for recruiting fees. We could perhaps offer services involving a Ph.D. professor at billable rates of $500 per day or $100 per hour, trained student interns at billable rates of $20 to $30 per hour, and general university staff support at billable rates of $25 per hour. Note that even when providing not-for-profit, grant-subsidized services through the university, we would still want to build in a twenty percent margin to cover unexpected events and overhead to ensure that a project does not go below break-even.
If a client was willing to pay a reasonable fee for the conduct of a focus group study, what would we promise with regard to deliverables, what would be the timeline that we would provide, and what would be a reasonable fee for our services? Below is a proposal that could be sent to a client.
Although you are only submitting two sections of the proposal, note that your proposed timeline and budget is for the entire project from start to finish. Note that this is an individual assignment.
Dear Mr. Artisan,
As a followup to our telephone conversation, here is a proposal to help find answers to the kinds of questions that you had. Our understanding is that your interest is with regard to what venues held in Clarksville would attract people and how far (radius) we can draw.
The proposed study would be an initial exploration into peoples' entertainment interests, how far they would be willing to travel for entertainment, and how much they would be wiling to spend.
Our proposal is to randomly call people who live in the geographic region of Clarksville and surrounding areas. We would like a sample of at least 48 Clarksville-area residents and 30 from surrounding areas such as Bagwell, Detroit, Avery, etc. This would require six focus group sessions of eight people. To help ensure this number of shows for each session, we would over-recruit for nine participants; our total number of participants could therefore be as high as 54.
Focus Group Topic Areas
Recommended discussion flow is as follows:
Costs and Deliverables
We will provide you with a topline report summarizing the results of and conclusions from these sessions. We will also provide you with a presentation of results and conclusions on our campus during our last class meeting.
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Mr. Artisan, please let me know if you need any additional information. If you believe that anything in our proposal should be changed, let me know as soon as possible. Thanks for this opportunity to work with you.
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