If you're interested in social-issue films (and the people who fund them),
then you might be interested in this new report done by two Center for
Social Media research fellows. It looks at a clutch of films funded by the
Ford Foundation (which invests heavily in social-issue docs) and provides
ways to establish goals and expectations that don't rely on numbers or
"impressions." It draws from and summarizes some of the fairly hectic debate
in the funder and outreach communities around creating goals and evaluation
strategies for social-issue docs. Thanks!

Social Justice Documentary:DESIGNING FOR IMPACT

Over the past decade, a lively debate has emerged around questions of how
best to assess the rising impact of social issue documentaries. *In a new
report, Social Justice Documentary: Designing for Impact*, Center for Social
Media (CSM) Fellows *Jessica Clark *and *Barbara Abrash*examine this
question through the lens of six in-depth case studies of high-impact
documentaries, and offer a snapshot of evaluation efforts, an analysis of
how strategic design concepts can be applied to documentary production, and
a framework to prompt further research.

The report builds upon more than five years of Ford Foundation-funded
analysis on social
 and public media
thatthe authors have conducted both together and separately with CSM. It is
designed not to offer prescriptive recommendations about how best to assess
impact, but rather to open up a conversation among documentary makers,
funders and partners about how to refine best practices for the field.

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