SAIS/ Johns Hopkins: Video in Practical Research Methods

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.

Red Cross Tsunami Recovery: Identifying the Change

Quimera worked with the Tsunami Recovery Program to pilot an ethnographic video-based research method to help better understand program impact on beneficiaries and their communities in southern Thailand. Informed by participatory video the approach was intended to support evolving standards of beneficiary accountability, transparency, and stakeholder inclusion in program evaluation. A handheld camera was placed into the hands of beneficiaries in facilitated interview sessions, enabling beneficiaries to discuss and film various aspects of the program and its impacts on their lives.

Quimera and Red Cross were invited to present this video and a methods paper at the 2010 12th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference¬†as well as the 2013 American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Quimera was invited to participate as part of an American Red Cross Panel, “Monitoring and Evaluation as Tools Towards Evidence-based Program Design” at the 2011 World Conference on Humanitarian Studies,¬†Innovation Track. The video was also used as part of a presentation that Barese was invited to make at the 2012 International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) sponsored by World Bank Independent Evaluation Group and Carleton University.

Latin American Youth Center: Tobacco Prevention

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.