Viewing evaluation-videos underneath the mangotree

IMG_4781In the year 2012 I hardly had time to write blogs. One of the reasons was that I was engaged in a video-evaluation of the Community Agro-Enterprise Development Programme (CAEDP) in Uganda, with Trias Uganda and their partners Hodfa and Madfa (two district farmers associations) and Hofokam (micro-finance institution). Actually, the word video-evaluation is not entirely correct: I used video as a tool to harvest stories and for reflection, next to all kind of other tools like a one-page survey, focus group discussions, reflection sessions, document review, in-depth interviews etc. But since using video is still rather new in the world of evaluation, I use the word video-evaluation to emphasize the use of video.

IMG_4805During the CAEDP evaluation I used video to harvest stories -in this case Most Significant Change stories- told by farmers (men and women) on changes in food and income security, and told by CAEDP staff on capacity strengthening. In every community we visited  people selected two most significant change stories that would be put on video. Ofcourse we held -before leaving the community- a reflection session during which the selected MSC stories were shown and further reflected upon. Since none of the communities had electricity, we used a generator and that worked very well, even viewing underneath the mango tree went very well.

IMG_4855Viewing always provoked a lot of discussion and laughther! It was never a problem to get people’s reaction and reflection.

With the partners we (re-)viewed the stories told by the farmers as well. And again here the videos really facilitated the discussions and the reflections on progress.

Once again I have seen  how videos tremenduously support evaluations, the data gathering, the analyses and the reflections. I say ‘support’ evaluations since while the videos clearly showed how the programme contributed to income and food security, and provided qualitative information on impact and the process, the groups discussions and the one-page household survey showed what the quantitative impact was of the programme. The qualitative cannot show its glory without the quantitative, and viceversa.

Below you find a trailer of the farmer MSC stories.

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