I am Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365’s regular Saturday contributor. Earlier this month, you heard from Soledad Muñiz about InsightShare’s work with participatory video (PV) for monitoring and evaluation. PV isn’t the only area in which InsightShare is leading the way.
Hot Tip – Photostories: Photostories are a “new format developed by InsightShare for sharing project case studies in an accessible, fun and visually engaging format.” Each photostory is basically a comic that documents a project’s methodology. Here is an example. Click on it to open the high resolution version (it can take a moment to download).
Rad Resource – Example Photostories: More examples from InsightShare may be found online here.
Lessons Learned Using Photostories: I spoke with Soledad via Skype to ask her about InsightShare’s use of photostories. She noted that they offered an engaging option for telling what otherwise can be a dry subject, research methods. They could help to raise the interest of stakeholders and could span linguistic barriers, whether those be due to limited literacy or different languages spoken among stakeholders. Soledad noted that they used the Comic Life software to create their photostories and I decided to give it a try.
Rad Resource – Comic Life: Comic Life is software that helps you to quickly make comics from photos that you have on hand. It is extremely easy to use, with a drag and drop interface and multiple templates. When I demonstrated this in a workshop, an attendee asked if you couldn’t just create comics in another program, perhaps Microsoft’s Publisher or even PowerPoint. Yes! But, Comic Life makes the process considerably easier. The software indexed the files on my hard drive and then I could drag in those I wished to use, add text, and with a couple of clicks, everything was aligned and beautifully laid out and ready to publish. My mind began swimming with the possibilities for using Comic Life in different contexts. After the trial period ended, I happily paid the $29 for the version for my Mac laptop. It is also available for windows, and as a $4.99 ap for iOS devices.
Get Involved – Share your innovative evaluation communication ideas and win an eStudy workshop registration: I’ve written before, encouraging you to think imaginatively about engaging stakeholders around evaluation communication and reporting. Any time before May 10, share your idea for ‘out of the box’ options for evaluation communicating and reporting via the comments on the post. We’ll randomly select one contributor from among all of those making suggestions and you can win a free registration to Kylie Hutchinson’s upcoming eStudy “An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Effective Reporting Techniques for Evaluators” or any AEA eStudy of your choice offered between now and December 31, 2013. New eStudies are added monthly and the current list is online here. While you are welcome to comment multiple times, we’ll only consider one entry per person. You do not need to be an AEA member to enter.
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