Video-based observation in impact evaluation
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OriginalversjonBorg, S. (2021). Video-based observation in impact evaluation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 89. 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.102007
This paper reviews the literature on the use of video–based observation (VBO) with particular attention to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) on development projects. While the use of video both as a research tool and as a strategy for supporting professional development is well–documented across several disciplines, the extent to which VBO has been utilized in M&E contexts is less clearly defined. In order to provide theoretically–grounded recommendations for the development and implementation of one organisation’s innovative VBO impact evaluation scheme, this review examines recent evidence of VBO in M&E contexts and draws on VBO literature more generally to identify its advantages and challenges together with advice for enhancing its effectiveness. Based on this analysis, the paper highlights a number of practical issues that should be considered when VBO is being developed for M&E in development contexts, particularly where videos are being made by participants themselves. The value of VBO in responding to COVID–19 and reducing carbon emissions is also noted.