Hard data and numbers only provide one part of the picture of a project.
Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) is a participatory method that measures and captures the intended and unanticipated outcomes that contribute to a program’s impact. It is especially effective on complex evolving projects, relying on the experience and perspective of both program staff and beneficiaries. The result is a graphic ‘map’ showing how each factor contributed to the program’s success.
Rainbow Research is using REM on its evaluation of the Healthy Communities Project funded by the George Family Foundation. REM is capturing the impact the partnership programs are having on the health of people living in 13 Minnesota and Wisconsin communities.