Pruitt, A. S., & Agner, J. L.
Hawai‘i-Pacific Evaluation Association 2017 Conference, Kanē‘ohe, H.I.
Publication year: 2017

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so goes the old adage. Able to convey complex notions in a succinct form, photos can be powerful and persuasive tools. Photovoice, a participatory research methodology, uses photography, critical analysis, and group discussion to capture the perspectives and experiences of marginalized people in an effort to give voice to underserved communities and populations. Participants become active researchers at each stage of the research process, providing insight through their analysis of their photos and assisting in the dissemination of findings. This method is especially useful when evaluating programs that work with marginalized groups, youth, and indigenous populations. By giving program participants and stakeholders a voice in the evaluation, Photovoice can lead to more accurate accounts of people’s experiences with the program, resulting in richer and more valuable data. Although particularly beneficial when conducting evaluations for programs with marginalized groups, Photovoice also can be useful when engaging various stakeholders at different stages of evaluation – from engagement, needs assessment, and program implementation to process and outcome evaluations. This workshop will provide hands-on instruction for using Photovoice in various evaluation projects, with an emphasis on the ultimate goal of Photovoice: to achieve social action through the dissemination of the results.