1. Which population(s) are you working with or trying to describe? More info
Remember that a population can be defined in a variety of ways: by geography and political boundaries, such as countries or provinces; by specific characteristics, such as sex, age, education, ethnicity, etc.; by common practices and shared interests, such as an organization of parents of autistic children or an association of nurse practitioners.
2. Summarize your current knowledge about this population. More info
TIP: Don’t overthink this exercise. Just quickly list the main points of what you know or believe about the population(s). Don’t worry about getting it ‘right’ at this stage.
3. Why have you focused on this population? More info
Can you clearly state why you are interested in, concerned about or working with a specific population? For instance, are you responding to research evidence, to media coverage, to political decisions, to government priorities, to instructions from your manager or to some other factor?
Does knowing why you are focusing on a population affect your understanding of the population or what you’ve been asked to do with or for them? For example, are you working with young people because there is a higher incidence of obesity in this age group, because media coverage is pointing to an “epidemic” of obesity in children, or because you’ve have been asked to develop policies around physical education in the schools?