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. 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? This project was managed by Renaisi, and our findings complimented their written report, which was published by the Arts Council here.
Essex County Council’s new ‘Family Innovation Fund’ programme aimed to help families in volatile situations build resilience, and reduce their reliance on statutory support. The programme was being implemented by six different partners across the region, each offering their own intervention service. As such, the client asked us to find out: what impact, if any, have these interventions had? And where could they be improved? This is one of the video case studies we produced, which contributed to this interactive report, also designed by Close-Up.
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 Renaisi’s evaluation of the charity, 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 by Renaisi.
Below are two examples of our ethnographic research videos that use outdoor filming / experiences of an outside area:
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.
This is one of five case studies we produced, exploring the impacts of a programme that funded projects across the country to help people over 50 set up and run their own community volunteering schemes.
This film includes some outdoor filming of three participants showing us around their towns. The participants are each from one of three pilot citizens assemblies addressing local issues. Our brief was to understand their experiences and provide a tangible context to the topics addressed.
Below is an example of our research where video diaries were used:
Flourish is a multi-sector collaboration to advance the successful implementation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the UK. In this film we asked six young people from across England, to record video diaries about their different transport experiences over a month, and how their experiences might differ if travelling by driverless car.
Below is an example of our research where only voice audio was used, to protect the identities of participants:
We worked with several young people who have lived in temporary housing, to understand what life has been like for them, and come up with a respectful and effective way to communicate their experiences. To protect the young people’s privacy, no faces are shown. But the voices you hear are not performed, they’re from authentic interviews with the participants, who also helped out on set for the filming as part of a ‘co-production’ process. For maximum traction, we titled the video ‘Thousand of British Children Live Like This’, and the film was shown to MPs at the House of Commons.