Community voice as data: affordances of participatory videos for international program development

Manika Saha, Tom Bartindale, Delvin Varghese, Stephen Lindsay, Dan Richardson, Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Patrick Olivier

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International program development is a complex process involving many stakeholders. Current international practice affords limited, if any, opportunities for direct community-led input into the program commissioning process, resulting in programs that may not meet the specific needs of communities on the ground. Community voice is one source of data that could help focus the design of effective development programs and interventions. However, development programs are primarily formulated based on representative and often quantitative data conducted by experts from outside the community. Through a participatory video production process with disadvantaged women farmers in rural Bangladesh, we explore the opportunities for including meaningful community voices in these institutionalized processes. We present practical design implications for how community-generated voices can act as rich data, establishing confidence, community bonds and senses of accountability to inform early stages of project development, and to specifically augment and contextualize other data sources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsStephanie Mueller, Julie R. Williamson, Max L. Wilson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394215
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023 - , Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023 (Website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023
Abbreviated titleCHI 2023
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  • audio video
  • HCI for development
  • qualitative methods
  • sustainability

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