Animating social work research findings: a case study of research dissemination to benefit marginalized young people

Cameron Rose, Catherine Flynn

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Findings in social work research are often disseminated in a manner that excludes the subjects of that research. In the SHINE for Kids – MyLifeNow research collaboration between a social work researcher, a communication design researcher and communication design students, research findings were animated in a variety of styles for distribution by the charitable organization. SHINE for Kids is a non-profit organization that assists and advocates for children with parents in prison. Transcripts of social work interviews with the children were modified into screenplays to be animated by communication design students. The animated documentary has advantages over the expository documentary mode, including protecting the identity of the subject and creating an affective video that constitutes a dual-process model of entertainment providing for a more socially connected pleasure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-46
Number of pages22
JournalVisual Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • animation
  • children
  • collaboration
  • communication design
  • dissemination
  • documentary
  • motion graphics
  • prison
  • research
  • social work

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