Community Media/Case Studies/Template

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Good practices aim to inspire; they also need to help others to act and realise their own good practices

Good practices on this site are comprised of:

  1. A description of the practice itself
  2. A description of the problems or issues addressed -- in context, taking into account cultural, situational and organizational factors
  3. Analysis of why a given practice is good -- what factors contribute to its success and enable changes
  4. Background information on the lead organisation and relevant partners

Template for documenting good practices

Programme Information

What is the good practice?

Give a short summary (100 words)

What is the Programming / Content Focus?

10 words

Who is responsible for programming?

  • media staff, e.g. producers, technicians, journalists
  • staff of partners, e.g. teachers, health workers, civil society organisation
  • paid staff (% of the programmes or time)
  • volunteers (% of the programmes or time)

What are / have been the Successful Learning Programmes?


Who are the Users? E.g. Stakeholders, Audience, Learners


What is the Format?


Why was the Learning Programme(s) originally created?


What problem / challenge did it address?


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Tip: Example - Address the Challenge of 70% Student Failure Rates

A needs analysis conducted by XXXX in 2000, identified 70% failure rates of secondary students as the top local priority. A simple effective media programme was designed to address it.

As a Result of the Successful Learning Programme, What Happened?

Good practices result from success factors or interventions.

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Tip: Example - Radio Madanphokhara's Success Factors
  • The radio station’s commitment to the process --- For example, they provided a significant block of prime time for the programmes (now 4.5 hours per week) and free access for teacher-producers to the internet to expand their access to new ideas and information sources;
  • Focus on Long-Term Goals -- Building local capacities is a long term process and needs to grow organically; the Madanpokhara project was designed with long term goals in mind, essentially following students through their last three years of secondary schooling; and;
  • Investment by the Community -- The programmes addressed a critical need for the whole community and therefore people (rather than donors) have invested to sustain it -- resources (the radio station), expertise (teachers), time (students), support (parents).

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Analyse Your Learning Programmes for "success factors" and "good practices".
Include at least three (3) factors or practices.

Think about the following:

  • What was different between this learning programme and others? Did these differences contribute to the programme's success?
  • Were stakeholders more 'invested' or involved in the process and implementation?
  • Was the program needs-based? Did it meet a high priority need in the community?
  • Was the programme's time frame appropriate?
  • How did the community respond to the program?

Program Improvement / Learning

  • What did you learn from this / what could be improved and why?
  • If performance targets were not achieved, also explain.

Profile Info

Basic Information

  • Name of Media Outlet
  • Year Established
  • Location: City, Country
  • Who owns / hold License?
  • Signal Strength:


  • Population #'s served by media outlet:
  • Their interests

Organizational Structure

  • Management
    • hierarchical, democratic or other
    • Decision-making process
  • Board of Directors: comprised of..
    • elected, appointed

Human Resources

  • How many "Members"?
  • How many Paid Staff (#), volunteers (#)
    • high peak period
    • low peak period


  • How is outlet funded?
    • ads
    • donor
    • events - recurring
    • events - special, as needed (i.e., 1X)
    • special projects (i.e., proposal funding from local, national and international agencies)
    • other
  •  % by members, other (specify) %: