Animating Social Work Research Findings

A case study of research dissemination to benefit marginalised young people.


  • Dr Cameron Rose

Findings in social work research are often disseminated in a manner that excludes the subjects of that research. In the Shine for Kids — My Life Now research collaboration, research findings were animated in a variety of styles for distribution by the charitable organisation. Shine for Kids is a non-profit organisation that assists and advocates for children whose parent is in prison. Transcripts of social work interviews with the children were modified into screenplays to be animated by communication design students. The animated documentary has advantages over the expository documentary mode including protecting the identity of the subject and creating an affective video that constitutes a dual-process model of entertainment providing for a more socially connected pleasure.