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Aims of the practice and description of participants

Support participants to review a set of stories to produce a set of key findings, support participants to use various tools to package their findings as digital outputs that are suitable for their audience and intended purpose.

Resources, Materials needed

- Pen.
- Flipchart.
- Stories.
- Stories analyse sheet.
- Projector.


90 minutes.

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

Reviewing Stories
1. Divide the participants into small groups and allocate them specific stories.
2. Ask participants to review the stories and identify the key messages from them and their own thoughts on the story’s topics/content.
3. Support participants to collate their findings on flipcharts with the following table on them:
Story Title
Key Message(s)
What is said in the story?
Your Thoughts
How does it relate to your experiences?
4. Ask participants to informally present back their flipcharts providing details of each story and their thoughts on it.

This is an activity that should be done alongside/following the Reviewing Stories activity for participants with appropriate capacities.
1. Put three flipcharts on the wall titled – Key Topics (The What), Key Ideas (The How), and Key Reasons (The Why).
2. As participants present their story reviews, make notes on these three flipcharts OR after participants have informally presented each story as the group to identify what content could be written on the flipchart and use their answers to populate the flipcharts.
3. When each story is represented on the flipcharts add two additional flipcharts to the wall titled – Key Trends (e.g. the key points that appear across a number of stories) and Anomalies (e.g. key points that appear in just one story). Work with the participants to populate the flipcharts using the findings from the other flipcharts. You could ask participants to work in small groups to identify trends and anomalies and add them to the flipcharts, or you could do it as a whole group using differentiated question and answer strategies to bring out the ideas from individual participants.
You may want to give a short break during this activity to allow participants some reflective period. Alternatively, if step 3 is too complex in terms of the synthesis skills required to undertake it, the trainer could do this post-activity using the ideas from the original 3 flipcharts.

Audience and Purpose

1. In the centre of a piece of flipchart write ‘What change do we want to make?’.
2. Use differentiated question and answer strategies to ascertain ideas from the participants. Note them down on the flipchart to make a spider diagram.
3. Select one or more ‘changes/purposes’ with the participants and write these on individual pieces of flipchart.
4. Ask the participants to list the people/groups/organisations who can play a role in bringing about that change (i.e. Doctors, residents, managers of employment programmes etc.). Provide some suggestions yourself, if needed.
5. Out of all the people/groups/organisations listed, ask participants to select who they want to target. Then use differentiated question and answer strategies to ascertain how we communicate our findings with them (i.e. how we package our findings).

Editing Extracts & Collating Quotes

1. Explain the task (i.e. to create a set of audio/video extracts or list of quotes). You can show examples to help participants understand what the task is about.
2. Demonstrate to participants how to:
a. Copy and paste text from the stories into a word processing software/application.
b. Trim an audio file using an audio editing software or app.
c. Trim a video file using a video editing software or app.
3. Support them to edit the extracts/select quotes.
4. Review the extracts/quotes with the group and how they can show to the intended audience. You might want to use them in a presentation, create a playlist etc.
Note: To prepare for this activity you should have the stories pre-loaded onto ICT devices such as tablets or laptops.

Creating a thematic edit

1. Talk participants how to access the audio or video editing software/app and explain what platforms/devices it works on. Give a short overview of the layout of the app and its key features.

2. Deliver a demonstration of how to use the app/software that covers:
a. Starting a new project and adding media.
b. Basic editing techniques (i.e. how to cut, trim, split 􏰀􏰁􏰂.).
c. Basic editing tools (i.e. simple audio changes, simple video changes etc.).
d. Filters and Transitions (if applicable).
e. Text and Graphics (if applicable).
f. Exporting/sharing media files.

3. Work produce a rough cut of a soundscape or film. Use the key themes or findings from the stories to help to structure this with participants in small groups (no more than 4).
Note: If you do the extract editing activity, you could just import these key extracts into the software and arrange them. Furthermore, you can make the demonstration more interactive by asking participants to do some of the functions whilst you talk them through it. If you are working with a large group you might want to schedule the times they come to the session so that they come in small groups staggered throughout the session for their specific editing time.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

1. Identify an audience and purpose for the findings from a set of stories.
2. Use digital tool to package these findings in an appropriate way for your intended audience and how you want them to be used.

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

Filled forms and co-curated stories.

Further links/readings