Ripple Effects Mapping: A Participatory Strategy for Documenting Community Engagement Impacts

Presented by Scott Chazdon, Evaluation and Research Specialist with the Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota.

This training introduces a promising participatory group process designed to document the results of community engagement efforts. The method, known as Ripple Effect Mapping (REM), uses elements of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, and qualitative data analysis to engage program participants and other community stakeholders to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. The result is not only a powerful technique to document impacts, but a way to engage and re-energize participants and stakeholders to keep moving toward developmental goals. The presenter, Dr. Scott Chazdon with University of Minnesota Extension. will provide examples of REM in different programmatic contexts and will conduct a live demonstration of the method.  The technique was developed for University Extension community development programming, but the possibilities for application of this evaluation method to other types of programming and organizational contexts are endless.