Measuring the Impact and Influence of Waiting for “Superman”
The Harmony Institute (HI) completed its first large-scale entertainment evaluation on Waiting for “Superman” in May 2011. The Ford Foundation commissioned HI to evaluate the impact of the documentary Waiting for “Superman” (WFS), a feature-length depiction of the state of public education in the United States. This six-month project examined the narrative influence of the film on audiences and institutions, and the degree to which WFS changed opinions and programs on education after its release.
Read the case study.
Work For Us: Research Director & Technology Fellowship Positions Open
HI is hiring! We are looking for a Research Director who will be responsible for leading the development and execution of research that supports the organization’s vision, mission and objectives. HI also seeks a Technology Fellow. We are looking for a creative hacker and technologist interested in human behavior and how people make decisions to work in our innovative research lab set to launch in late summer.
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Harmony Institute Website Gets a New Look
In July 2011, HI rolled out its Website re-design, which features a richer showcase of our past work, an in-depth description of HI’s services, and a new look and feel. Check us out at harmony-institute.org.
HI at Recent Conferences
HI’s Deputy Director Debika Shome was an expert panelist at the NASA Earth Science Education and Public Outreach retreat on May 25. The event provided a forum to discuss the challenges of communicating climate science to the public. In her presentation, she talked about the innovative work being done at HI and provided communications tools from The Psychology of Climate Change Communication, a book she co-authored in 2009.
Debika also spoke at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Boston, MA on May 27. Entitled “Environmental Communication and Media: Centers, Programs and Resources,” Debika’s panel featured researchers throughout the country who shared strategies they use to communicate scientific issues to varying audiences.
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Since its founding in 2007, HI has organized numerous presentations on the power of entertainment for social change, furthered the conversation over net neutrality, and developed a methodology for measuring the impact and influence of entertainment on social issues. Please show your support for these projects, as well as the organization’s innovative mission, by sending a tax-deductible contribution today. To make a gift online, click here.