We are excited to share with you video versions of our participant information. This will sit alongside our written participant information sheets for young fathers . The decision to create this was prompted by an early interview with one of our project partners as part of our work with Grimsby and London. They explained that in response to covid-19 and lockdown they had moved a lot of the support and training that they did with families online, but were being careful not to merely rely on text based information. As a result they had been creating videos to get their information across in several formats. This was advantageous in terms of accessibility and reduced inundating their participants with reading which might be off-putting. We have also been hearing from young dads that they consume a lot of their information through videos on Youtube. We have responded to this information as part of our adaptation of research methods due to the pandemic. Translating this into our research context, we decided to make a ‘video version’ of our participant information sheets (viewable below). While accessibility and text fatigue are important reasons, we also realised that a video could also provide an opportunity to say who we are and put faces to names – this is ever more important now that we are mostly interviewing young fathers by telephone.
FYFF is committed to co-production in the research process and creating this video in response to project partners’ insights certainly supports this. We hope too that this can contribute to how we think about researching innovatively and creatively, and we would be keen to hear about any other examples of using tools such as video in similar ways to our own (or otherwise!).
Following Young Fathers Further (FYFF) – Young Father Participant Information Video