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Photovoice Participatory Analysis: A How-To Guide for Staying True to the Method in Evaluation Contexts

  • 05/27/2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Zoom

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Free for HPEA Members, Non-Members can join H-PEA for $30 (students $15)

Registration deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021,  11:59pm, HST

Join us for a H-PEA Online Workshop

Photovoice Participatory Analysis: A How-To Guide for Staying True to the Method in Evaluation Contexts


Dr. Anna Smith Pruitt, PhD

Thursday, May 27, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm HST

This workshop will be followed by a H-PEA online Social, 5:30-6:00 pm HST


Photovoice (PV) is a participatory research methodology that uses photography to (a) identify issues of concern; (b) engage in critical dialog about these issues; and (c) communicate these issues to higher-powered stakeholders (Wang, 1999). In evaluation contexts, PV engages individuals who are typically “participants” as co-evaluators in the evaluation process. As such, PV is well-suited for transformative participatory evaluations that seek to create conditions in which individuals who have traditionally had little access to power can empower themselves (Cousins & Chouinard, 2012). Despite PV’s benefits, evaluators and researchers often struggle with the participatory analysis stage, which is rarely described in project summaries or methods sections (Catalini & Minkler, 2010). As a result, many PV projects fall back on traditional researchers’ interpretations of data. This workshop will provide a how-to for PV participatory analysis, including tips for remaining participatory at this important – and often misunderstood – stage of the PV process.


  1. How to engage in Photovoice participatory content analysis in a rigorous and ethical way

  2. Understand the difference between Photovoice (participatory) and photo-elicitation (participatory-inspired) methodologies 

  3. When to use either Photovoice (participatory) and photo-elicitation (participatory-inspired) methodologies


Anna Smith Pruitt, PhD is a research associate with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi and a faculty affiliate with the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Taking a mixed-methods, ecological approach, her research attempts to quantify and explain the ways in which individual and contextual factors interact to impact community and individual health and quality of life. Dr. Pruitt has conducted extensive research on homelessness, housing, and poverty at the local and national levels. Additionally, she has conducted many evaluations of housing and anti-poverty programs using participatory approaches and innovative, arts-based methods that center the lived experiences of marginalized groups. Ultimately, she aims to produce research and evaluations that impact social policy.

This workshop will be offered virtually through ZOOM. A ZOOM link will be sent with a reminder email prior to the event. 

For more information, contact Genevieve Manset  at  genevieve.manset@gmail.com

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