Documentary making for monitoring, evaluation and learning

6-day one-to-one online training enabling to make a short documentary film

Dates: Choose your own prefered dates. Daily online sessions of 3 hours followed by practicals of 2 - 3 hours. Be aware that the session editing will create more additional practical working hours.

Contact Simon Koolwijk, e-mail. faccom@xs4all.nl  

Topic:  How to make a short documentary film for monitoring, evaluation and learning

Location:  Online

Number:  1 participant

It´s been an inspiring one-to-one training on Remote Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation by Facili2Transform. Amazed about the power of video making and storytelling to learn from and to empower users and aid workers/managers, to increase the visibility of the aid organizations´ work, and to advocate for our cause. We all know, reports are boring, and in most cases, remain on the shelves without a proper organizational learning. VIDEO HUMAN STORIES uplift users, touch emotions and help to emphatise with the people we work for... All this in only a 8-minutes movie!!! Just love it!!!

Simon Koolwijk, you´re a wonderful facilitator, great film maker, and you´ve been very generous sharing your knowledge and insights about the PV process. Hope to see you remotely or in person soon.

Apart of the training itself, I am taking with me a great gift, a mind-blowing video of a third culture kid, my son, sharing the transition from his life in Uganda to Spain. Deeply grateful to my son for his participation in the video and the openness in his answers.

Nuria Gaeta, Consultant Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning


Film captures what barcharts, pie diagrams and written reports can not tell. The unfiltered message of people, which provides meaning and more depth to dialogue and discussions.

During this online training you will get acquainted on how to make a short documentary film. You will develop a story, do research, film and edit.

Participants will be asked to use their own camera and laptop, so that they can become familiar with their own equipment and immediately apply their lessons during and after the training. Participants are asked to download the Adobe Premiere editing software in advance of the course and test it. The training will be very practical. It is based on the principles of action learning. 'Doing, doing, reflection, getting feedback and doing, reflection and feedback.'


At the end of the training the participant;

  • Knows how to transform a human interest story into a short documentary;
  • Get acquainted with ‘good’ and ‘bad’ examples of videos;
  • Get information about basic camera and sound techniques and suggestions on how to make an attractive short documentary;
  • Will develop a story board, film and edit.
  • Obtain a structure on how to use the film for dialogue and discussion.

The training is dynamic and practical. The participant will develop a five minute video and receive feedback.

For who?
This training is for researchers, professionals working in humanitarian aid, social workers, consultants and experts working on quality control and evaluation.

Price: One-to-one tailer made online course with own prefered dates:   € 1,495.- (excluding VAT).

Watch an example of a  photo-voice story:  Together in times of Corona - the story of refugees living in Turkey.

Location:    Online

Registration:   Contact Simon Koolwijk, e-mail.  faccom@xs4all.nl 


Stories of Transformation - Online Mini Film Festival

On the 25th November 2021, we had an inspiring online festival on participatoryvideo having 42 visitors from different parts of the world. Corinna Philpott and Washington Sati shared a beautiful film made by deaf young people in Kenya showing on how they empowered themselves and created job opportunities. Dirk R Frans (PhD) shared a short film about a water and natural resource management project in Afghanistan. In just 6 minutes he was able to show the complexity of a nature restoration project, which can hardly be explained in a written report. The festival was closed with the making of a participatory video intervention with refugees living in two settlements in Greece. Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk shared on how they facilitated this process, supported by the stories from Hawa Emma, Axel Schmidt and Xemi Bozini. 

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The videomaking provided us an opportunity to present ourselves!

I have met Simon almost 7 years ago while I was in high school. The great opportunity at that time was learning from the international trainers and their experience on how to build and maintain together the community. Step by step we got closer to the subject of filmmaking, In this way  it gave us the opportunity to represent ourselves and show our contribution to the society we belong to. Simon has been leading the group of young people by giving his great ideas and support in order to produce and harvest the best pieces of our daily activity through the camera lens
Anna Braghis, Freelance journalist, PR writer