ACHF Arts Access
Iraqi-American participants write and produce short videos, and Iraqi-American audiences view these films by and about their community. Our primary evaluation metrics are number of Iraqi filmmaker participants and of Iraqi audience members. Our goal is that nine Iraqi participants will create three new films. We will also track Iraqi audience attendance at screenings. 2: We provide a free, yearlong documentary mentorship with interpreters available to participants who would otherwise face economic, language, and cultural barriers. Pre- and post-project surveys for each participant will include specific questions about these barriers and how well they were addressed. Completed forms will be given to an independent evaluator to assess and to follow up on.
Iraqi-American participants wrote and produced short videos, and Iraqi-American audiences viewed these films by and about their community. Because of the personal and intimate nature of this project, the most effective evaluation method was one on one interviews with all participants, the film directors, Nathan Fisher, and administrative staff at IARP. This evaluator was also present at all the events and public opportunities to share the films as an outside observer. Following this, the evaluator conducted interviews with all mentioned above to determine the impact of the project on participants. Additionally, film premiere attendees were surveyed via written forms. The forms were available in English and Arabic. 2: We provided a free, yearlong documentary mentorship with interpreters available to participants who would otherwise face economic, language, and cultural barriers. The evaluator on this project evaluated the project in previous years. The benefit of this consistency is the familiarity that this evaluator has with the deliberate progress this project is making with a small and challenging refugee community. The outcomes and progress are measurable within the context of the previous year, and while findings from this year reveal new challenges, significant strides are being made in the area of trust and barriers to participation are clearly less. The evaluation process for this project involves an embedded observer as the outcomes would not be evident through general surveys or questionnaires.
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