Stories as Data : Examples
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Global GivingGlobal Giving Storytelling MethodologyBrief overview of Global Giving's storytelling montoring and evaluation method. More complex, but probably the direction closest to what we are envisioning. Tools and tutorial available at https://www.globalgiving.org/storytelling/.Origninally based on Cognitive Edge's SenseMaker, a story collecting monitoring tool that allows organisations to create a set of thematic questions — a ‘signification framework’ — to facilitate storytellers to make sense of
their own stories. In this way, the interpretation of any story of change, and what is most significant about that story, is left to the storyteller.
monitoring & evaluation, fundraising, advocay
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VecoThe Inclusive Business ScanVECO, with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developed the Inclusive Business Scan to organise real-time feedback on inclusive business in smallholder supply chains.Also uses SenseMaker, see case study »monitoring & evaluation, fundraising, advocay
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Consumers Unionhttp://www.stori.es/platformThe stori.es platform helps organizations gather, curate, and use stories to effect change. It’s a web-based platform enabling organizations to design questionnaires, receive and curate responses, and deploy meaningful personal stories into the world. By Consumers Union. Gathered about 135K stories to date — from consumers re: direct impact various issues have on their lives. Now working on building a training / organizing / editing community around them as part of our membership program.advocacy + media relations
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Families USAStory Bank: Share Your StoryFor 20 years, Families USA has collected personal stories that highlight consumer experiences with the health care system. These stories help bring the health care debate to life by transforming mere statistics into real conversations about how people benefit from quality, affordable health coverage. Bank itself is closed; see their news section for examples. See also additional reading: http://familiesusa.org/additional-resources.FamiliesUSA with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created a Story Bank Toolkit to walk organizations step-by-step through the process for establishing a story collection program. Includes tips on protecting privacy and empowerment vs use. Downloadable consent forms. A brief version of the kit also available in PDF.advocacy + media relations
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CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) + The World Bank GroupFinancial DiariesCGAP is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. They used a method called Financial Diaries to research smallholder farmer income/expense flows. It appears that some of these were used for communications purposes — but the initiative focuses on research. Data is stored by the World Bank. "In order to elucidate the financial lives of smallholder households and build the evidence base on this important client group, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) of the World Bank launched the year-long Financial Diaries with Smallholder Families (the "Smallholder Diaries"). The study captured the financial and in-kind transactions of 270 households in Tanzania, Pakistan and Mozambique."CGAP used some of the findings to create communication materials. It would be good to understand how this research has informed policies or program design. Or if results were presented to beneficiaries. research
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TurningPointCT.org / managed by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board / funding from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Serviceshttp://turningpointct.org/our-stories/TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. While we’re not clinicians, we know what it’s like to feel alone, stressed, worried, sad, and angry. We’ve lived through the ups and downs of self-harm, drugs and alcohol, and the struggle to find help. Fortunately, we found what worked for us. Our goal is to provide information and support to help you choose your path so that you don’t have to struggle the way we did.support + referrals for youth
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Nike Foundation + other partners (United Nations Foudation, NoVo Foundation, DFID, World Bank, etc.)Girl Effect » Browse "voices"Collected stories for The Girl Declaration and feature them on their website. Focus on girls' aspirations and illuminating their capacities and potential contributions. Also developed more in-depth videos. See videos under "Girls Stories" »advocacy + behavior change
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RI Department of Education, RI Office of Higher Education, RI Department of Health, RI Department of Labor & Training with The Providence Plan (City of Providence + State of RI) and The Open Indicators Consortium / WeaveRhode Island DataHUB Data StoriesRI DataHUB, a place to explore and use data to address key issues and improve the policies, programs, and services that affect Rhode Islanders. "Data Stories" — guided tours through selected data — introduce new users to the world of WEAVE software. Starting with an Essential Question, the stories walk the user through an example of how researchers, policy-makers, and the public might use this powerful analytical tool. Nestled within each data story are numerous “tips and tricks” for visualizing data with the graphing options of WEAVE’s interactive software. Stories are explanations of the data. Human narrative is missing. User Experience is not good. decision-making (policies, programs, socia investors)
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