Yesterday, no sooner had I walked through the office door than Walt Crowson from LSEN ushered me into the meeting room to talk to someone about Peripheral Vision. Walt had hosted a meeting between the BBC and MOSI-ALONG, so there was quite a buzz in the room. Walt introduced me to Fred Garnett from MOSI-ALONG and we settled down for a chat about our respective projects.
“Right,” said Fred, “This is what we do,” and he began telling me about the following:
Participatory Curatorial Strategies and a seminal book The Participatory Museum by Nina Simon
The ‘Aggregate then Curate’ model of learning:
- physical creation
- physical aggregation
- digital creation
- digital aggregation
- digital sequencing
- social media aggregation
Fred would like to test the learning model theory outlined above and is in the process of meeting various project managers in Manchester to see whether their projects could help him to do this.
Fred then dashed off to meet a friend for lunch and I was left feeling like I’d just been whipped up into a whirlwind of ideas and names and learning theories and dropped back down to Crawford House with a thud.
NIACE on the line
At 14:15, Sue Easton from NIACE rang to check on the project progress to date. Sue had already met Fiona Parr, my Line Manager, at an IACL NIACE meeting and so was pretty conversant with Peripheral Vision. Apparently our workplan is fine but she just wanted clarification on our methods of ‘Impact Measurement‘.
Project Impact Measurement
In order to assess the impact the project has had, or will have, on participants’ lives, I will need to think carefully about how to ‘capture’ this before the project starts. We discussed various options such as:
- asking questions about well-being at the beginning and end of the project. (I have already added questions about well-being to the data collection questionnaire.)
- participant/tutor/cultural/community partner video diaries
- one-to-one interviews to collect quotes
- hand-made, personal note/sketch books
- this blog, which highlights the Project Manager’s perspective
I told Sue about diaryofaproject.com and she logged on there and then, which was terribly nice of her. She has the loveliest Scottish accent – just perfect for telephone interviews!