Capturing Key Research Outcomes Using Short Video Vignettes: A Guidance Document

Capturing Key Research Outcomes Using Short Video Vignettes: A Guidance Document


February 2022


David Matthew | David Matthew LLC, Wichita, Kansas


This document outlines the process of designing engaging video vignettes to disseminate results from complex research projects in a manner that is easily digestible by practitioners. More specifically, we describe the process we used to capture the key findings and industry take-aways from our research project, which tested the application of field-portable technologies to fire/arson investigation. The intent of our short video vignettes is to provide fire investigators the “so what” of the project and offer some resulting best practices. The videos are also intended to promote the research effort with a focus on improving the efficacy of fire investigations using field-portable technologies. Making these videos freely available via the web will increase access to the fire investigation community and exposure to existing podcasts and published research. If an intended audience never sees the outcomes in a format that allows them to find and digest research, then research results will have only a limited impact.

“Telling the story of how research is implemented is essential for success.  Engaging videos featuring the authors has proven to be an effective way to reach target audiences.”

- Heather Hollingsworth Issvoran | Director, Strategic Communications, Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence success story was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this success story are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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