In December 2014 we went to Peru for American Red Cross/ Global Disaster Preparedness Center as part of the evaluation team. Purpose was to develop a knowledge-rich video case study about the adaptation, implementation and results of the Pillow Case Project in Peru for use by other Red Cross chapters in Peru as they scale up, as well as by other countries considering the project. Six countries were part of the initial international pilot funded by Disney with more than double that number of participating countries anticipated for 2015. The Video Case Study is intended to be an evaluation and knowledge management product that informs design and implementation from country to country. The opportunity exists to develop additional videos from all the footage we captured and interviews we conducted, more targeted for advocacy and communications. Quimera has also constructed the initial installments for a video-based KM archive for the project based on the raw footage collected in the field.
The inclusion of a video drone as part of the equipment mix was a first for Quimera, very exciting. Aerial footage of the the earthquake and tsunami affected communities offered a very powerful perspective and helped to provide important visual context to the project.
One again Taylor Krauss was part of the Quimera team, and brilliant as always.
Click here to watch the full length Video Case Study.
Disaster preparedness (DP) practitioners have expressed a growing interest in case studies as a way to learn, to better understand the challenges faced by their colleagues around the world as well as the innovative solutions developed to meet those challenges.
As part of GDPC’s efforts to support and facilitate the development of video case studies by Red Cross/Red Crescent societies and other DP practitioners Quimera worked with GDPC and the Argentinian Red Cross to help conceptualize, produce and edit the Universal First Aid App video case. Serving as a demonstration project, highlighting a “participatory video” or “DIY” approach, the video was filmed by team members from GDPC and Argentinian Red Cross on smartphones. Footage was then sent to Quimera for review and editing into a final case study. Quimera provided consulting, case development and technical support to GDPC and Argentinian Red Cross throughout the process.
The video provides an overview of the Program while offering insights into the work of the Argentinian Red Cross during the process of development and launch of the First Aid App in their country.
More broadly, Quimera has been working with GDPC to develop guidance and support that can assist DP practitioners to develop their own case studies, including case studies that integrate video and multimedia.
Quimera was embedded with the Social Impact evaluation team for over three weeks to document Social Impact’s evaluation of the USAID Philippines Growth with Equity in Mindanao-3 Project. GEM-3 operated throughout Mindanao, with a special focus on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research (PPPL/LER) wanted to document the GEM-3 evaluation process as a way to capture evaluation in action, to support and illustrate their new evaluation policy, and to share learnings about what makes a good evaluation, from design to implementation.
In this short snippet one of the evaluation team members discusses some of the challenges of trying to quantify project impact.
To view the entire video click the sections below
Click here to watch Part 1: Framing the Evaluation.
Click here to watch Part 2: Data Collection.
Click here to watch Part 3: Final Thoughts.
In this chapter the research team discusses the importance of a report in video form, complementing the text-based report. Quimera worked with NASTAD to develop a video report based on a year-long qualitative research project investigating responses of health departments and community-based organizations to the HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino gay men in the U.S. The video report mirrors the written report: A Través de Nuestros Ojos (Through Our Eyes): Promoting Health and Social Equity to Address HIV/AIDS Among Latino Gay Men.
This video report was the first video report funded by the National Institutes for Health Office of AIDS Research, and one of the first by NIH.
Quimera worked with NASTAD (National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) to develop this video for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Congresswomen Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, and Donna Christensen discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in the US and the importance of addressing health disparities as part of the national strategy.
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.
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.