Storyboarding as a multimodal analytical technique in a qualitative evidence synthesis

Session Type
Workshop - training
Qualitative synthesis methods
Target audience
Researchers, review authors, consumers, and students. Intermediate level of difficulty
Level of difficulty

Background: Multimodality is centralized around the fundamental question of how to use and combine modes of expression to organize, analyze synthesize, interpret, and share research evidence. The use of multiple, engaging modalities, for example words in combination with images, establishes new audiences for research findings and promotes health equity by communicating research in an accessible, comprehensible way. Storyboarding is defined as the process of putting together images to arrange or illustrate a story in a specific sequence. This can be considered as a “visual text of images” (Hart, 2008; Naicker, et al. 2020). Visual storyboarding techniques can present themselves as a legitimate and rigorous method in a systematic review project (Hendricks et al. 2022). They can capture meaning, while at the same time embracing creativity, extending rigor, and increasing the review’s appeal for a broader public. This analytic technique is useful for working with studies which include photos and other types of data. See published QES: Hendricks LA, Young T, Van Wyk SS, Matheï C, Hannes K. (2022):
Objectives: This workshop aims to familiarize participants with the storyboarding as an analytical technique in QES, with the practical exposure of working with multimodal review data using art materials and open access software
Description: Participants will be introduced to types of multimodal data and the concept of storyboarding (5min). Participants will be invited to write a short paragraph on a single experience (5 min). Following this, we will provide guided facilitation on using art for synthesis and break into small groups (5 min). Group will be tasked to create 6 block storyboard (templates provided) (30 min), with half of the small group using digital mediums and the other half using art materials, which they will then merge into a single storyboard. (15 min). Following this a group representative will be posted at the storyboard as the groups move around and listen to other stories (15 min). Participants will experience first-hand how storyboarding and art could be used to make sense of data in reviews.

Young T1
1Stellenbosch University, South Africa