Video mediated dialogue

4. Response and ongoing collaboration

Step 5 – Screening of decision-maker response videos to communities

A face-to-face meeting or online meeting should be held with the community to screen the decision-maker responses to the community videos. It is important to organise a schedule for the meeting, including an introduction, screening of the community videos (this is only necessary if community members have not previously seen the videos) and a screening of the decision-makers’ responses. A discussion should then be facilitated to determine what actions need to be then undertaken by the community. This might involve the production of additional videos to start another round of information exchange.

As part of a process of video-mediated dialogue, this video documents the response of the Iwokrama International Centre and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs to the community videos from the North Rupununi, Guyana. This video was taken back to communities for feedback and to continue the dialogue.

Step 6 – Information analysis

The information collected as part of the process consists of the community videos, pre-screening questionnaires, the discussions during the screenings, the response videos and the screenings back to the communities. All of this information should be reviewed to determine themes, management actions and policy recommendations. The key themes, management actions and policy recommendations should then be shared back with your community or the community you are working with and the decision-makers you have engaged with.

Step 7 – Ongoing collaboration

The process of engagement should have developed a starting point of communication between your community, or the community you work with, and decision-makers. It is important that this collaboration is continued and built upon. Agreeing a timetable and the way you will communicate in the future is important, so that the collaboration goes forward smoothly. It is also a good idea to regularly produce community owned solution videos, identify new challenges facing the community and present monitoring results so community management and monitoring can inform policy and government management actions.

Close up of two people laughing as they are sat behind a desk at a meeting between community members and decision makers