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Making Connections: Theory and Practice of Using Visual Methods to Aid Participation in Research

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jill ClarkORCiD, Karen Laing, Lucy Tiplady, Dr Pamela Woolner


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This 90 minute research methodology workshop will address the context of participatory research and will cover the development of participatory research and associated policies over the decades. It will consider the context of visual methods and tools and how these can be used in an innovative and creative way to conduct research. Workshop participants will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of the methods and then experience the practicalities of completing and designing these methods themselves. The concluding section of the workshop will explore the analysis of data produced through these methods, considering the quantitative as well as the qualitative possibilities. Participants will have the opportunity to circulate amongst a ‘carousel’ of three different activities which will provide examples of visual methods: 1. Diamond ranking has been used in classrooms to explore and clarify the feelings and thoughts on a topic and is usually carried out with pre-written statements. At the workshop, however, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and try using this activity with visual images instead. 2. Photo-elicitation and beyond: talking about, choosing and ranking pictures. Methods will be demonstrated of using the immediacy of photographs which are alternative or complementary to the semi-structured qualitative interview through photo-elicitation. 3. We will facilitate discussion and practical experimentation with different visual techniques to engage participants in research, such as: fortune lines; spider diagrams; PMIs, and drawings. These methods can be used flexibly in different contexts and provide a toolbox of ideas that researchers can draw on when conducting research in an inclusive way.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clark J, Laing K, Tiplady L, Woolner P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Visual In-Sights: Theory, Method, Practice International Conference

Year of Conference: 2014