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Ethnographic monitoring and evaluation of community multimedia centres: A study of Kothmale community radio internet project, Sri Lanka

Slater, Don, Tacchi, Jo A., & Lewis, Peter A. (2002) Ethnographic monitoring and evaluation of community multimedia centres: A study of Kothmale community radio internet project, Sri Lanka.

Abstract

This report presents the findings of pilot research to explore new methodological approaches to monitoring and evaluating community multi-media centres (CMCs) in the context of development and poverty reduction. The research was originally commissioned by UNESCO’s Adviser for Communication and Information for Asia, Mr Wijayananda Jayaweera, and was funded by DfID with continuing UNESCO support and involvement. The research responded to an urgent need for richer and deeper knowledge of the socio-cultural processes in which community media projects seek to intervene. This report makes the case that a broad-based qualitative research approach – ‘ethnographic action research’ – can provide a reliable foundation for assessing CMC operations, for diagnosing issues and opportunities, and for recommending strategies and solutions. The research project had two specific objectives: • to evaluate Kothmale Community Radio Internet Project (KCRIP), Sri Lanka, focusing particularly on the conjuncture of new and old media; • to develop and pilot a new approach to evaluation research. The following report reflects this dual aim. It delivers substantive findings about one CMC, and it presents these findings as the outcomes of a specific methodology. It is therefore both an evaluation of a particular community media project, and an evaluation of an evaluation methodology.

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Additional Information: This is a report of a research project funded by Department for International Development, UK (DfID), in collaboration with UNESCO. For more information, please refer to the DfID’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: j.tacchi@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: monitoring and evaluation, ethnography, sri lanka, community radio, community multimedia centre, ethnographic action research, kothmale community radio
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (The Authors)
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:30

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