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Using images to disseminate research findings: examples

Many of the general issues involved in disseminating research findings to non-academic audiences are discussed on the Impact Blog run by the London School of Economics

Chapter 13 discussed a range of possible ways to use visual materials in order to share the results of research. The sections here include lots of examples of such materials, to give you some ideas of what is possible and what looks good. Some of the sections below also point you to tutorials for learning to make these sorts of images, and lots of the online platforms mentioned also carry tutorials and how-to videos.

You should always consider, though, the relation between what you want to convey using such materials, and the format you adopt. Don't use fancy images for the sake of it!

Data visualisation
You can watch David McCandless talking about data visualisation here

His website is here

There are lots of sites hosting a range of data visualisations. Browse through some of:

The Data Collider platform from MIT's Senseable Cities Lab offers free tools for data visualisation as well as lots of examples of visualisations that have been made using it

There are also tutorials on this site

If you're interested in learning how to map data, you might find these resources useful:

There are various sorts of photo-essays on the Innovative Ethngraphies website

There is special section in this issue of the journal Sociological Research Online on photo-essays

The web plaform Storify might be understood as a digital version of the photo-essay. Storify allows you to collect anything from the web – including images of course – and put them together with your own text.

Film and video
There are various sorts of films and videos on the Innovative Ethngraphies website

Lifelines is a short film made by anthropologist Jane Dyson and filmmaker Ross Harrison. It is hosted on its own website, which carries an introduction to the film, explains something about how it was made, and also has some materials to use alongside its screenings (in classrooms for example). It's a good example of a film embedded in a website that contextualises it with information about its production process and the people and places it shows.

Here's a film made by leadership and organisation studies scholar Perttu Salovaara “Video: Leadership in Spaces and Places.” Organizational Aesthetics 3(1) (2014): 79.

It is also embedded in a website dedicated to exploring sociomateriality in leadership and organisation studies

Here are two courses which aim to teach you how to make a digital story, but they cover lots of the basics of digital filmmaking too:

One way to use a website to share your research findings is to create a website in order to make your research data available to others. Examples of this include:

A second approach to making a website is to build a more elaborate, interactive site. There are three excellent sites which host a whole range of examples of, and discussions about, this sort of project: is part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of West of England.

The list below includes a range of different kinds of interactive websites, starting with the ones mentioned in the Chapter 13 of Visual Methodologies:

While many of these projects require considerable expertise in web design, there is a free programme which allows you to make interactive documentary websites with no programming at all. It's called Korsakow

Staging an exhibition is discussed in Toolkit 02: Putting on an exhibition to disseminate your research, written by Hazel Burke, Realities/Morgan Centre, University of Manchester.  This covers budgets, choosing a venue, designing and producing the exhibition content, writing materials, and publicising your exhibition.

Using images to disseminate research findings: Exercise

Now try out the exercise for this chapter by clicking on the link on the left.