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Friday, September 21 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
"Stories for Purpose" – transforming the use of documentary film, participatory media and participatory forums in Monitoring and Evaluation, in order to create evidence based visual reports

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Susan Rooney-Harding (The Story Catchers), Margaret Howard (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure)


Looking at how we use documentary film and stakeholder participation in monitoring and evaluation to create visual reports. It's the story behind the numbers that bring a traditionally dry process to life.

We use qualitative data collection methodologies, participatory media (where the audience can play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and sharing media content) and documentary videographers to collect stories. These stories are then used in the creation of a series of Documentaries to be employed in participatory forums and in the monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.

Working with monitoring and evaluation specialists we use a variety of evidence-based methodologies. A Monitoring and evaluation specialist conducts participatory forums with stakeholders to unpack the documentary films; the findings are then used to in producing a traditional written report. This report and media previously collected are then used to create a short visual documentary report (approx. 8-10min) to accompany the written report.

We will look at the participatory monitoring and evaluation process that was used in the APY Lands in South Australia with the 'One the Right Track Remote' drivers licensing program. We will show the final documentary and discuss its uses for communications and how it can shape program direction and policy change, help change legislation and for refunding of programs. 

A lot of our work is with government agencies working with indigenous programs that are looking to implement more inclusive and culturally appropriate evaluation and reporting methodologies. 

We will discuss the user experience (the client) of the above methodology employed in the 'On the Right Track remote' program and review how the documentary piece has been used.

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Ruth McCausland

Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, UNSW
Dr Ruth McCausland is Director of Research and Evaluation for the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW, and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Her research focuses on women, young people, people with disabilities and... Read More →

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Margaret Howard

Manager Living Neighbourhoods and Travel Behaviour, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
I lead an area of my department that delivers behaviour change programs in relation to personal transport with a focus on reducing car use, and active, safe, green travel. I'm also the manager of our Aboriginal Road Safety and Driver Licensing programs, which aims to address long... Read More →
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Susan Rooney-Harding

Director, The Story Catchers
Susan Rooney-Harding: Director, Videographer, Editor, Business Development, and Project Management.Susan is a documentary filmmaker and a creative qualitative data specialist. Her inquisitive and intuitive nature is central to her ability to capture meaningful stories for a greater... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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