We’ve continued to work with the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (American Red Cross/ IFRC) on the Pillowcase Project International Pilot and its evaluation. Capitalizing on the features that interactive documentary can offer compared to convention linear video products this i-doc was developed not only to create something that would be more engaging than a traditional text-based report and help disseminate evaluation information to a wider audience (still, designed to complement the text report), but also in an effort to turn evaluation materials into something of a toolkit, hopefully expand the utility of evaluation materials by creating this new kind of product. For learning, training, knowledge management type work we think it has a lot of potential.
A basic illustration of interactive features integrated into a specific sequence can be seen in the video titled “Presentation Structure and Features.” It offers a few examples of the way a viewer can move around within a specific sequence and jump to a particular topic, as well as the way we can integrate a video (though it can be any kind of element- photo, audio clip, weblink, map, pop up article or PDF) within the video. The timeline identifies the location of some of the interactive elements. Point is with this first i-doc we’ve only started to scratch the surface of what can be done in terms of interactivity and the opportunities that this format offers to integrate many types and sources of information into the product.
UBELONG partnered with Quimera to make video a part of their qualitative research toolkit during UBELONG’s Cusco Research Expedition. Quimera provided the team with some basic training prior to departure then it was up to the team to manage in the field. With a crazy schedule, packed with research and volunteering responsibilities, the team did a great job of documenting the expedition, capturing individual interviews, describing the process, initial thoughts, and overall experiences. While the camera rotated between team members the majority of the footage was shot by co-expedition team leader, and UBELONG Co-Founder, Raul Roman, a master behind the camera. Upon the team’s return to DC Quimera took the raw footage and edited the material into a video report which mirrored the same basic structure as the text-report.
Professor Raul Roman, also Co-Founder of UBELONG, has invited me in to his class on Research Methods for a number of semesters to discuss the use of video in qualitative research and evaluation. Here’s a video we did from the very first time I came to class… lots of fun, and the students were fantastic.
In 2005 Quimera worked with the Director of Research at the UN Population Fund and their African Youth Alliance Program (AYA) to develop a project evaluation video report as part of program close-out and project documentation. As one of the first UNFPA projects designed as a full partnership with youth program leadership wanted to understand the impacts of youth participation on the project. Through a list serve Quimera was a resource for in-country project youth teams, offering training and support related to audio and visual production and interviewing. In-country youth teams conducted and filmed interviews and focus groups, sending all raw footage to Quimera for editing into a final video report.
Quimera worked with a team of young people from LAYC to develop a community intervention to help decrease tobacco sales to minors. The strategy included the development of an educational video, conceptualized, produced and edited by the youth team. Quimera trained the team in basics of documentary film making, concept development, interviewing techniques, production and editing, guiding the team through the entire process. The team then took their educational video out to the community, targeting neighborhood shopkeepers, owners and employees, letting them better understand the health risks to young people from smoking as well as the local laws (and penalties) regulating tobacco sales to minors.
This is a snippet from the video report created by Quimera following the team throughout the project. The full version of the project video can be seen here.