Participatory Videos & Photovoice


Participatory Video enables groups or communities to create their own films. The aim is to bring people together to explore issues, voice concerns, or tell stories. It promotes collaboration, action, and collective ownership of communication by empowering participants with multiple means of expression. Through participatory video, groups and communities can communicate their needs and ideas to researchers, decision-makers, and/or other stakeholders.


InsightShare provides comprehensive materials and resources about participatory video, including research and guides for implementation. Toolkits and guides are available; Insights Into Participatory Video: Handbook for the Field is the most popular introduction to the method.


  • Lemaire, I. & Lunch, C. Using Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation. InsightShare.
  • Lunch, C. & Roberts, T. Participatory video [encyclopedia entry].
  • Shaw, J. Using Participatory Video for Action Research.
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  • Borish, D., Cunsolo, A., Mauro, I., Harper, S. L. 2021.What is Video-based Qualitative Analysis?
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