Methods: Your Process
It is important to consider how a method or set of methods (interviews, photo voice, circle sharing, auto-ethnography, discrete collaborative ventures) might serve the goals of the team, the participants, and imagined future audiences. How might your method reinforce your message? What is the relationship of the method to your output (choice of media, platform, etc.) How will you use genre, form, or aesthetics to approach the project? Will you opt for an informal or improvisational approach as opposed to a more conceptual or formal approach? What is your and your teams’ past experience with this method? How might a given level of experience with the method impact power dynamics? How will you decide with your team about what method to use? Will you offer training around the method? Are there access concerns? What is the history and future of the method? Is it sustainable? Will your approach meet the expectations of your targeted audience? How will you get feedback throughout the process and who will you get feedback from?
Miller, Elizabeth and Michele Luchs. “Arrival Stories: Using Media to Create Connections in a Refugee Residence.” In Remembering Mass Violence: Oral History, New Media and Performance, edited by Steven High, Edward Little and Thi Ry Duong, 184-200. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2013.
Miller, Elizabeth, Edward Little, and Steven High. Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017.