Evaluation 2019: Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal

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Ripple effect mapping: Learning to follow the waves

Session Number: 2234
Track: Qualitative Methods
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Tags: Qualitative, Qualitative data visualization, Qualitative methods
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mahua Mandal [Research Associate/Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jessica Fehringer [Associate Director - Data for Impact]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lisa Parker, PhD [Senior Technical Advisor - Palladium]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Abby C Cannon [Gender Specialist - MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina]
Time: Nov 16, 2019 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: CC M100 D

Other Authors: Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MEASURE Evaluation bschriver@unc.edu
Iris Halldorsdottir, MEASURE Evaluation iris.halldors@gmail.com

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) is a qualitative, participatory group method for evaluating complex programs. It engages stakeholders to retrospectively and visually map intended and unintended consequences of a program, using elements of mind mapping, appreciative inquiry, and group interviewing. Most qualitative researchers are familiar with traditional focus group discussions but have less experience conducting the facilitated discussions and simultaneous mapping required for REM. MEASURE Evaluation has recently applied the REM method in evaluations in Botswana and Tanzania both with implementers and program participants. Lessons learned from these experiences will inform the development of this skill-building session. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about how to conduct REM and analyze and use information from an REM group to inform their evaluation. The session will allow participants to learn by doing as they participate in a mock REM group.

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