Below are some examples of the projects mentioned in our proposal. They include: individual case study videos; videos exploring a group/community; and video diaries.


How do people older people help each other out within their communities?  / Centre for Ageing Better

This example is one of four ethnographic case studies we produced, looking at the experiences, motivations and challenges, of four ‘community contributors’, in Leeds, Settle, Scarborough, and Bristol.

The overall aim of the research  was to help national/local government, the voluntary sector, and business, better support people in later life to find meaningful ways to contribute to their communities through ‘informal volunteering’.

You can see all four films, with a 1-min overview edit for social media, here.

What does successful Age-Friendly & Inclusive Volunteering look like?  / Centre for Ageing Better

We visited five people in five different places across the country, to find out about the impacts of ‘age-friendly and inclusive’ volunteering. This video follows Jenny, in Oxfordshire. To see all five individual films and a summary video, click here.


How can citizens’ assemblies help residents tackle local issues? / Innovation in Democracy

We spent time with three citizens’ assembly participants, each from a different part of the country. Our aim was to understand their experiences, and provide a context to the issues being addressed by each assembly – in this case, the redevelopment of their respective town / city centres.

Our resulting film appears alongside the citizens’ assembly handbook on The RSA and Involve‘s websites, and the evaluation report published by Renaisi, which were both published yesterday.

What were the impacts of a Cultural Citizens Programme for young people? / Arts Council England

Arts Council England funded a ‘Cultural Citizens Programme’ to promote arts and culture to young people who would not normally have access or an interest.

For this ethnographic study, we followed a group of students in Liverpool, to find out: what was it like being on the programme, what were its impacts, and how could it be improved?

Our findings complimented a written report, which was published by the Arts Council.

What are the impacts of an after-school support charity? / Into University

IntoUniversity runs after-school centres that provide academic support, mentoring and other constructive activities, for young people from less privileged backgrounds, to help them either attain a university place or purse another chosen aspiration.

As part of the charity’s 2019 evaluation report, we were commissioned to spend a month visiting one centre, in Brent, to create an in-depth ethnographic video case study about the place and its impact.

We then spent a few months taking photo portraits, with interviews, of 24 IntoUniversity students in their homes across the UK. For the portraits, we decided to take the theme of ‘what brings you most joy’.

The results were incorporated into an Impact Report, assured by PwC, and a full qualitative Impact on Attainment report.

How well did a residential home co-production programme run? / Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire runs residential homes across the UK for people with disabilities. Through a ‘co-production’ approach, their ‘Future Choices’ programme aimed to increase residents’ choice and control, and so improve the standard of care in their homes. As such, Leonard Cheshire wanted to know: how well did their ‘person-centred’ process run, and what were the impacts?

We visited one home, Athol House, three times. Once during their group workshop, then some months later to observe the resulting activities, with a final visit for more in-depth follow-up interviews. Our findings feed into a written report, with the video being shown at stakeholder events, and appearing on Leonard Cheshire’s website.

What are the health priorities for residents in Lambeth & Southwark?  / Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity

This is a one-min snippet from a project for Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, exploring the health priorities for people living in Lambeth and Southwark. Carried out in conjunction with Renaisi, it involved visiting five locations across the boroughs, from a BMX club in Peckham, to a community garden in Streatham, to speak with as many different people as possible. The main questions were: what are the most pressing health issues in the area and why? And what could be done to help? Our resulting research and video fed into and complimented a written report by Renaisi.

How well did an international exchange integrated care programme run?  / Advancing Quality Alliance

The Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) ran an exchange programme for healthcare professionals in Oldham, to visit their equivalent peers in Catalonia. As such, they wanted to know: how well did the international exchange programme run? And what were the key ‘integrated care’ insights?

We followed seven participants on their trip, and the return exchange, to observe, document, and analyse how well the programme ran and how it could be improved. Our focus was on understanding participants’: aims & expectations, actual experiences, and overall learning.

The film above is a shorter version of our video report, edited down for AQuA’s communications department, and used at the International Foundation for Integrated Care conference. The longer version is included in AQuA’s educational online toolkit.


What are the transport Experiences of Young People with Mobility Issues? / Flourish

Flourish is a multi-sector collaboration to advance the successful implementation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the UK.

As part of Traverse’s public engagement and research project for Flourish, we were commissioned to produce an insight film based on video diaries. We asked six young people from across England, to record diaries that documented their different transport experiences over a month, and reflect on how their experiences might differ if travelling by driverless car.

(Due to the impracticality of self-filming whilst travelling for this project, the diaries are based around the before and after of each journey.)