Lifting Up Community Voice: Finding Rigor in Investigative Journalism Techniques

Session Number: 2303
Track: Qualitative Methods
Session Type: Roundtable
Session Facilitator: Fontane Lo [Senior Impact Assessment & Learning Officer - James Irvine Foundation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tim Morrison, Harder+Company Community Research [Research Associate - Harder+Company Community Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Elizabeth Kelley Sohn [Research Consultant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Time: Nov 01, 2018 (01:45 PM - 02:30 PM)
Room: Hilton - Veterans Meeting Room B

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Investigative journalists often follow stories as they unfold by piecing together details provided by key informants to confirm or refute a hypothesis. Evaluators who seek to elevate the perspective of those on the ground—putting the power of story-telling and framing in the hands of communities while maintaining a rigorous design—may find value in incorporating elements of this approach. In this session, the authors will share insights from two public health case study research projects in California and Florida. Each of these projects borrowed methods from investigative journalism in order to shift power to research participants as they told their own stories, while ensuring a rigorous and systematic approach. The session will describe the advantages and disadvantages of this approach, and identify the circumstances under which an investigative journalistic approach to case studies applies.