Abstract

In this paper we describe the design and use of a polyphonic picture book for engaging public sector and industry stakeholders with findings from an academic research project. The project combined interdisciplinary expertise to investigate how UK citizens create and manage online digital identities at three significant life transitions, aiming to deliver social, cultural and technical findings to inform policy- making and service innovation for enhancing digital literacy in online self- representation. The picture book communicated empirical insights through the presentation of multi-perspectival, fictional scenarios about individuals’ experiences at the life transitions studied. We deployed the book with our project stakeholders in two workshop settings to explore the efficacy of a novel visual format for fostering stakeholder dialogue around the findings and their transferability. By offering an account of this exploration, the paper aims to contribute methodological insights about using visual storytelling to scaffold interpretative, dialogical contexts of research engagement.

Keywords:

visual methods; picture book; dialogism; stakeholder engagement

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On presenting a rich picture for stakeholder dialogue

In this paper we describe the design and use of a polyphonic picture book for engaging public sector and industry stakeholders with findings from an academic research project. The project combined interdisciplinary expertise to investigate how UK citizens create and manage online digital identities at three significant life transitions, aiming to deliver social, cultural and technical findings to inform policy- making and service innovation for enhancing digital literacy in online self- representation. The picture book communicated empirical insights through the presentation of multi-perspectival, fictional scenarios about individuals’ experiences at the life transitions studied. We deployed the book with our project stakeholders in two workshop settings to explore the efficacy of a novel visual format for fostering stakeholder dialogue around the findings and their transferability. By offering an account of this exploration, the paper aims to contribute methodological insights about using visual storytelling to scaffold interpretative, dialogical contexts of research engagement.

 

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