Finding ways to encourage expression of individuals who are young, shy, or have limited verbal abilities can be challenging for evaluators. Photolanguage can be used to aid personal expression and small group interaction and as a tool to enhance qualitative evaluation activities. This method offers an interesting evaluation process that uses black-and-white photographic images specifically chosen for their aesthetic qualities; their ability to stimulate emotions, memory, and imagination; and their capacity to stimulate reflection in the viewer. Evaluators may find Photolanguage provides a valuable tool for use with evaluation participants who experience barriers to involvement, actual or perceived.
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White, R., Sasser, D., Bogren, R., & Morgan, J. (2009). Photos Can Inspire a Thousand Words: Photolanguage as a Qualitative Evaluation Method. The Journal of Extension, 47(3), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss3/11