Integrating Participatory Video into research projects provides opportunities for subject groups and communities to take part in determining what is being researched, collaborate on the different stages, acquire research skills, democratise knowledge generation and share the results. Here are examples of videos, articles, photostories and case studies where Participatory Video has been used by InsightShare as a research tool or as part of a research project.
A group of formerly homeless people, students and staff members of two NGOs took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, the least affordable city in the UK. The team used action research and participatory video techniques to explore the diversity of causes of homelessness, the complexity of people’s struggles and how to break down harmful stereotyping.
In 2014, we collaborated with Impact Ready on an external evaluation of UN Women's Economic Empowerment portfolio. Our Head of PV for M&E, Soledad Muniz, lead a PV and Most Significant Change Evaluation process in Moldova, with support from our Associate Rebecca Morahan. The case study revealed unexpected results that strongly contributed to the overall evaluation and putting women's voices at its centre.
This article forms one of the chapters ina new book by ESOL Nexus about the role of language in the integration of migrants. This chapter, by InsightShare senior trainer Sara Asadullah, reports on the use of participatory video to explore perspectives of learners in relation to learning English. Using InsightShare's unique monitoring and evaluation process which integrates participatory video with the most significant change approach, Sara helped the groups share, select and analyse stories of most significant change that represented what they value most about the programme.
This training video presents the benefits of an improved stove design, by comparing it to the 'traditional stove': a metal tripod or mud structure with an open fire underneath, which many people in the world use to warm their homes and cook their meals. It also demonstrates exactly how to build it and which materials and tools are needed. The video was made by four farmers and four staff members from the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) during a participatory video workshop in Baraguan, Surkhet, Nepal.
In a mountainous, isolated part of the Surkhet district in Nepal, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) works to support people in ten rural villages by promoting no-or-low cost, locally appropriate techniques that have the potential to improve livelihoods. In February 2014, an action research project was undertaken to explore if a farmer-to-farmer mediated extension model, based around the production and dissemination of videos featuring local farmers and HPC staff, could effectively support HPC in their mission.
In May-June 2014, the University of East Anglia invited InsightShare to conduct a training programme in participatory video facilitation for its researchers engaged in the ESRC-funded 'Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme'. A two-stage training and mentoring programme was developed for the researchers coming from the UK, Tanzania, Bolivia and China. The training was delivered in Norwich, UK and Kilwa District, Tanzania.
This paper by Valentina Bau, Graduate student at Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies, looks at an InsightShare participatory video project in the Rift Valley of Kenya after the 2007–2008 post-election crisis, when the country underwent a period of intense ethnic violence.
Human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations discuss the challenges they face in countries across southern Africa and beyond. It features interviews covering a range of countries and contexts, and includes an interview with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.