This report reviews how ICT-enabled technologies are being applied in program monitoring and in survey research. The authors also review areas where ICTs are starting to be applied in program evaluation and identify new areas in which new technologies can potentially be applied. The technologies discussed include hand-held devices for quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, data quality control, GPS and mapping devices, environmental monitoring, satellite imaging and big data. Participatory Video is discussed too.
During Week 45 of the BetterEvaluation Series, which focused on video for Monitoring & Evaluation, Soledad Muñiz presented the potential of Participatory Video and the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique in accounting for the outcome of a project and in collecting data straight from the recipient context.
Soledad Muñiz talks about the Participatory Video process and all the positive changes this method sets in motion in a community. She also describes the three stages of engagement to promote the transition from the community-owned to the community-led approach in PV practice through capacity building which create new hubs in local communities.
Five experts shared their perspective regarding new methods and technologies in monitoring and evaluation: Kai Matturi and Caroline Trigg on digital data gathering; Soledad Muñiz on Participatory Video and Most Significant Change (MSC) technique; Diana Tonea on ICTs in humanitarian situations; and Laura Walker Hudson on mobile technologies.
On the 8th of March, at a TEDx event in Brussels, InsightShare's Director Chris Lunch discussed the power of participatory video to shift awareness, galvanise communities and unleash hidden energy for positive individual and collective change. The title of the talk "This is not a video camera" takes inspiration from surrealist artist Rene Magritte's painting: Ceci n'est pas une pipe, as he asks us to re-look at what we think we know about video as a technology. Here you can read the script of the talk.
Soledad Muñiz shares some key tips on Participatory Video for Monitoring & Evaluation from her field experience. Compared to other M&E methods, PV provides a direct account of the effects brought by a certain programme or activity into a given community.
During 7 months, 12 adolescent girl trainees in each country learnt how to use participatory video combined with the Most Significant Change Technique to support 450 other girls to share their stories of change. At the end of the process, the girl trainees -who became strong video girl leaders- analysed the 64 collected video stories of change (32 per country), collected notes from the process, and presented the results and recommendations to the program implementers and donor in video reports.
'Standing in the middle of a scorched savannah in Oltepesi, about 40 miles southwest of Nairobi, Benson K. Letuya, a youth leader from the Maasai community, holds a microphone in the searing sun. He stands next to a zebra, dying of thirst during the devastating drought that hit Kenya in 2009.' This article by MediaGlobal give an overview of our work as part of the Conversations with the Earth partnership since the launch of the programme since 2009.
InsightShare offers training in Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Participatory Video adds value, encourages iterative learning and explores qualitative data often missed through traditional M&E methods. This article describes how we facilitate M&E projects by combining Participatory Video with the Most Significant Change Technique.
Climate change is seen by many as being perhaps the greatest and most urgent threat to the culture, environment, livelihoods and spirituality of indigenous communities around the world. Over the past 3 years InsightShare supported the development of an unique network of autonomous community media ‘hubs’ in eight different communities; fueled by the dedication, passion and energy of extraordinary individuals, who have organised and facilitated projects with hundreds of people within their regions and beyond. It is their words that are quoted in this article and their perspectives on climate change and related issues that are represented by the CWE project.