Title Silver Stories
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-637
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Silver Stories (2013-2015) brought digital storytelling to community groups and elderly people.
The term Digital Storytelling describes a simple, creative process through which people with little or no experience of computers, gain skills needed to tell a personal story as a two-minute film using predominantly still images that can be streamed on the web or broadcast on television.
Silver Stories was an action research partnership spanning nine organisations across six countries. It used Digital Storytelling as a means to:-
enhance the education and training of health and social care professionals,
collect and evaluate stories told by marginalized people across Europe, and
develop the understanding of digital storytelling as a form of oral history and identity in the age of multimedia.
Silver Stories set out to train professionals working in health and social care in the use of Digital Storytelling as a means to integrate ICT into everyday working practice.
Silver Stories flowed from an earlier Action Research project called EXTENDING CREATIVE PRACTICE (2010-2012) which demonstrated the efficacy of digital storytelling as means to engage older people and marginalised groups in the use of ICT. SILVER STORIES extended this research into new areas by working with professionals and providing a greater emphasis on the stories told.
Our research activity aimed to:
Adapt and transfer learning methods from EXTENDING CREATIVE PRACTICE across the whole partnership and extend it to two new countries and, provide Vocational Education and Training (VET) for a new target professional group – i.e. trainers and employees working in the caring professions across the whole partnership.
Establish a means for Digital Storytelling to be incorporated into the on-going training of health and care professionals in all the partner countries.
Research the use of digital storytelling by older people to gain a clearer understanding of why people tell specific stories
Investigate the scope for developing a systematic approach to the collection of Digital Stories
The partnership included organisations with expertise in Digital Storytelling (Digitales, Digital Story Lab, Mitra, Trapezio, University of Brighton), provision of vocational training for targeted professionals (University of Brighton, Leiria, Laurea and the Progress Foundation), evaluation (CUCR) and research (University of Brighton, DigiTales). It combined the skills, experience and knowledge needed to develop the vocational use of Digital Storytelling in the caring professions. This was supplemented by long standing working relationships and a successful track record in the delivery of pan European research projects. The project’s legacy can be seen in the range of activity happening across – and beyond – the partner countries.
Silver Stories connected practice and professional training to research through a series of interventions. The foundation of the research was a Needs Analysis. This provided a background to digital storytelling work that has taken place in higher education settings, with a particular focus on working with older people.
Silver Stories leaves an immediate legacy by:
Integrating Digital Storytelling into the training of professionals working with Stage 3 (active) and Stage 4 (frail) older people through training and the development of quality assured modules. These modules have been extensively tested during the two-year programme and can be downloaded from this site. Module 1. Module 2
Developing sustainable professional expertise in the provision of Digital Storytelling Workshops for a range of beneficiaries in each of the participating countries. The partners have completed a Guide for those in the caring professions who wish to use Digital Storytelling as part of their professional toolkit.
The Silver Stories programme was divided into three distinct parts. The first strand focused on a review of current practice regarding digital storytelling with older people and marginalised communities and the subsequent incorporation of practice into modules for the training of trainers working with these; the second involved the applied testing of this work through a programme of workshops with prospective trainers and related activity to explore the subsequent work of these trainers using modules developed in the first part of the programme and finally an integrated programme of activity designed to promulgate the resulting quality assured modules through the publications, conferences and exhibitions. Activity took place in all of these areas over the course of the two years.
The first project management took place in Brighton during December 2013. It started with an overview of the programme and included a session on regulations and compliance. The second day explored valorisation and concluded with a public workshop intended to publicise the meeting locally. Attendees included people from the HEIs, the City Council, the representative Age Friendly City Steering Group, Charity Sector (e.g. Age UK) and practitioners.
The second project management meeting took place in May, 2014 in Constanta and coincided with the workshop in WP 4. This meeting considered the progress since from the "Kick off" meeting. It looked at a draft of the Needs Analysis (WP 2) and provided comments so DigiTales could finalise the document with support from University of Brighton and Digital Story Lab. It also considered initial drafts of the Digital Storytelling modules and considered the scope of these. These were subsequently revised and circulated to partners for comment and approval. The meeting reflected on the experience of the workshop hosted by Laurea and Mitra in Helsinki during Feb 2014 and used this as a means to shape subsequent training within the partnership. Other discussions focused on the Valorisation Strategy (WP7) developed by Trapezio and the evaluation being conducted by CUCR (WP9).
Workshops were held in 2015 to test and refine the draft modules with healthcare professionals, other professionals working with older people and in Romania with other marginalised groups. The partnership hosted a Final Exhibition and Conference at Leria in Portugal during May 2015 which attracted 138 international delegates. It included papers from inside and outside the partnership in response to an international call for papers. All the partners presented at the conference. The University of Brighton hosted the International Visual Research Methods Conference in September 2015 which attracted over 250 academics, policy makers and practitioners to the city for a range of events, exhibitions, seminars and lectures. A new, dedicated strand for Digital Storytelling was introduced to the conference programme and Silver Stories partners gave a panel presentation exploring digital storytelling in relation to the themes of the programme. The University of Brighton worked closely with the Finnish partner to use the feedback from the tested modules to create modules that comply with the EQUAVET and Bologna Accord so that the modules share a currency that can be used across Europe.
CUCR provided an Evaluation Report which drew on a range of sources and data including material provided by the project partners. The report reviews delivery, identifies achievements and successes as well as lessons learnt throughout. It then draws conclusions and makes recommendations about how the work pioneered through Silver Stories might usefully be taken forwards.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
open and distance learning
program or curricula
Guide to Running Digital Storytelling Workshops with Hard to Reach Groups
A PDF Guide to running Digital Storytelling projects with different hard to reach groups including older people. There are many guides to running workshops but this one is distinguished from others because the sample modules will be aligned with credit bearing systems. Moreover, the focus is on training trainers rather than working directly with beneficiaries or end users. The guide draws together the different elements of the Silver Stories project to create one cohesive output.
Teaching material (PR09)
Course Materials for Digital Storytelling Workshops
A series of course materials for use in digital storytelling workshops with older people and marginalised groups.
Model Course Outline for Digital Storytelling Workshops for Professionals working with Stage Three Older People
The module sets out the aims for a workshop with Stage Three older people, describes learning outcomes and sets out a programme of work to meet these. It includes practical information (resources needed, time for workshop, etc) and then suggests supplementary material such as reading which can be used to enhance the workshop.
Model Course Outline for Digital Storytelling Workshops for Professionals working with Stage Four Older People
The module sets out the aims for a workshop with Stage Four older people, describes learning outcomes and sets out a programme of work to meet these. It includes practical information (resources needed, time for workshop, etc) and then suggests supplementary material such as reading which can be used to enhance the workshop. The programme is distinguished from the WP 4 Modules in that it provides more direct information about working with people with particular health care issues, including memory problems. It envisages a slower and more intensive experience with more emphasis placed on the caring skills of the professionals involved as well as a greater support in the storytelling process.
The CUCR evaluation team has worked with digital storytelling since 2009 when part of the group first met in Helsinki to discuss digital storytelling work with older people. The team completed a formative evaluation of Extending Creative Practice and this work continued with the Silver Stories programme which is bigger and more sharply focussed than the earlier work. The evaluation team brought excellent knowledge and experience to their work. The final written report is available as PDF file from the project website and is distributed from all partners websites. Copies will also be circulated to relevant policy makers, practitioners and academics. It was presented at the final conference in Leiria and the intention is to use the material as a means to shape subsequent practice based work and as a means to reflect on the work which took place from 2013-2015.
Academic and Policy Papers, Publications and Presentations
The partners worked tenaciously to ensure that Silver Stories had a notable presence in – and beyond - all the participating localities. The primary aim was to establish an awareness of Silver Stories among academics and practitioners who may be interested in using the modules developed and tested in the programme. A significant number of papers have been given at national and international conferences and more are currently planned across the partnership which will take the work beyond the funded period. These have included: Athens (DigiTales), Biennial Qualitative Research Conference (Progress Foundation), Azores and International week at IPL, MECCSA in the UK (DigiTales), MERJ in Prague (UoB and DigiTales), RIDERS (UoB), Troubling Narratives (UoB) as well as a keynote address at the tenth annual GEECS Festival in March 2015 delivered by Mark Dunford (UoB).
Academic Conference and Exhibition to disseminate work
The Final Conference in Leiria in May 2015 showcased work completed during Silver Stories through a linked programme consisting of an exhibition, a series of presentations and a screening of digital stories made by the partners. An international call for papers was issued and the conference attracted 138 international delegates.
Quality Assured Modules for Training Professionals in Digital Storytelling
These are adaptable modules for use in HEIs and by training providers. These modules will ensure a common approach to training of Health Care professionals