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What is Ripple Effect Mapping?

What is Ripple Effect Mapping?

Ripple Effect Mapping (REM), uses elements of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, and qualitative data analysis to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. It is a powerful technique to document impacts, and engage stakeholders.

Examples of impacts might be: the inception of a school garden, a noticeable increase in different kinds of people working together, new training programs, a community becoming able to move through previously intractable conflicts, new collaborations of all sorts, people becoming sensitized to important concepts they were previously insensitive to (such as privilege, differing worldviews, etc.)

Why map ripple effects?

  • To increase insight into both intended and unintended consequences of convening activities.
  • To learn what works well and not so well across the range of engagements.
  • To facilitate the broader system beginning to see itself.
  • To identify areas of unmet need.
  • To foster greater connectivity across groups.
  • To garner resources from funders.
  • To support meaningful research

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