Participatory Materials Development

Materials produced through a participatory process highlight the authors as critical thinkers who can inspire others.  Educational materials written by members of the intended audience can be powerful tools for sharing information and changing attitudes.  Click here for Rudd RE and Comings JP (1994). Learner developed materials: an empowering product, Health Education Quarterly, 21(3): 313-327.


Photonovels look like comic books but use photographs rather than drawings.  They are popular entertainment media in many Latin American countries.  These photonovels were developed through a participatory process. Members of the intended audience developed these materials.


Caroline Wang and colleagues developed a very exciting innovative participatory approach called Photovoice. Community people took pictures of aspects of their lives to advocate for change.  Please link to the Web site for a full introduction, references, and examples.

Sample Materials

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