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Evaluating systems change and place-based approaches – Online Course – November, 2019

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Aliki September 23, 2019

Sometimes, your storyteller may break up their story or tell the end first. The story may not flow easily from beginning to end, and there may be repetition or side talk. Stories like this will need to be edited. You can also edit out the questions you asked. It is your task to ensure that your story reads like a flowing narrative.

When you’re editing a story, remember that MSC is about hearing the voice of your participants, so you will need to work through the process in a sensitive manner, particularly if you are removing details, changing the order of the narrative or editing their words. Ensure that you don’t misconstrue the original meaning.

You can and should fix punctuation errors and typos and delete rambling that is not relevant to the narrative. A good principle to follow is to make sure you make the storyteller look good, but wherever possible use their ‘actual’ words – and always keep it in the first person narrative.

Be cautious about privacy

Unless you have permission, names or other personal details should not be included in stories. You may wish to substitute names and indicate that names have been changed to protect the individuals’ privacy.

Activity: Edit your story

Please spend 10-15 minutes reviewing the story you collected in the previous activity. Check that it’s easy to read and that it flows like a narrative from start to finish. If there is anything you need to add or remove, you can also update it.

Then, give it a title.

Check in with your storyteller again to ensure that the story has captured the person’s intended meaning.

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