Making sense of the map: Strategies for Ripple Effects Mapping analysis for systems change evaluations

Session Number: 1986
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Qualitative methods, Ripple Effects Mapping, systems change
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kristina Gelardi [Research Consultant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Gabriela Magana [Research Assistant - Harder+Company Community Research ]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Monica Yuri Barr Braughton, MPH [Research Consultant - Harder+Company Community Research]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kristi Koumjian [Director - Harder+Company Community Research]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC M100 A

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Social service providers increasingly recognize that systems change is required to address long-standing societal challenges. As more providers integrate systems change efforts into their work, evaluators need tools that are able to capture both the direct and indirect effects of a program, policy, or project. Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a participatory evaluation method used to diagram these direct and indirect effects, engaging stakeholders to document systems change outcomes via qualitative data collection. Its strength as a generative, visual, and interactive evaluation method also means that interpreting the results can be an iterative—and sometimes challenging—experience for evaluators. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn the basics of REM and how it can be used in systems evaluations. Harder+Company Community Research will share insights into lessons learned from facilitating REM with clients, and participants will practice strategies for interpreting, analyzing, and presenting data gathered through this method.