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Human Rights Video, Privacy and Visual Anonymity in the Facebook Age

The successful nationwide organizing and subsequent protests in Egypt to oust the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak have in part been facilitated by Facebook. But as media and technology commentators and human rights activists alike are noting, using Facebook for activism is fraught with risks.


WITNESS Archive Guide Monitoring and Evaluation Survey

WITNESS is launching a short 5-10 minute online survey to evaluate their Archive Guide and their three Archiving for Activist videos. They are hoping to cast a net far and wide to reach activists who have read and/or used the Archive Guide, or who have watched/used the videos.

Video For Change Approaches and Impact: Inputs from Yogyakarta

Earlier this month at our EngageMedia office in Yogyakarta, Indonesia we hosted a consultation session with organisations that are using video as an approach to create or support social change. This consultation is the first in a series we have planned to gather feedback on our draft Video for Change Impact toolkit (read more about this project here).

Calling all Video for Change practitioners: Please help inform our Impact toolkit!

Over the past 18 months the video4change network has been working on a toolkit to help Video for Change practitioners design for and evaluate impact. We’ve been blogging about this research here. We are now at a stage where we’d really like some inputs from other people working on Video for Change initiatives. Please help us out by sharing your experience of Video for Change and impact by filling in this short survey.

Why WITNESS and Other Nonprofits Are Adopting the Serious Business of Monitoring and Evaluation

By Sara Federlein Last month, The New York Times “reviewed” the still-in-the-works Participant Media Index designed to measure the impact and engagement of social issue documentaries. Anyone in the nonprofit world knows that “impact” and “engagement” are the buzzwords du jour. But more than a passing fad, impact evaluation is serious business — one that many of us in the social change realm grapple with every day. This has not always been the case in the 18 years I’ve worked in the sector. Funders have increasingly driven the trend, asking grantees to not just monitor our progress, but also develop innovative ways to quantify that progress and share our learnings more broadly. In this way the nonprofit world is catching up with the fields of medicine, psychology and education — all of which have embraced “evidence-based practice” over the past two decades.


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