Photo-Elicitation: A Tool to Engage Young People in Evaluation across Cultures

Session Number: 1959
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Annual Conference, child abuse and neglect prevention, child welfare, Cultural Competence In Evaluation, public health, Qualitative
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [Assistant Professor & Scientific Advisor - McGill University & CSSS de la Montagne]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: McCormick

Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract: 

Culturally competent evaluators work to avoid reinforcing exclusion, adopt culturally appropriate methods, and continually assess their own assumptions. Creative, cost-effective, culturally sensitive methods are needed to engage groups that are often excluded from evaluation, such as children. Photo-elicited interviews (PEI) are gaining recognition in this context as a way to balance power differentials, facilitate sharing complex information, and surface non-normative perspectives (Clark-Ibáñez, 2004; Pyle, 2013; Ruiz-Casares et al., 2013, 2015). This session will walk participants through an iterative PEI group methodology we developed and tested with young people in Liberia and Laos and will provide tips and resources to adapt it to specific environments and populations. It will also equip participants to deal with ethical and legal issues like confidentiality, anonymity, and copyright clearance. Participants will learn how PEI can be used both to advance community change and evaluators’ self-awareness.