Advanced facilitator guide for in-depth ripple effects mapping
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Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a multi-step process used to engage participants in an evaluation. It starts with Appreciative Inquiry questions to guide participants in telling their stories of success to one other person. A facilitator then brings the group back together in a focus group setting and writes these accomplishments on a large piece of paper. Through the use of a mind-mapping technique, partnerships, unique contributions, and outcomes start visually appearing in front of the group. These stories then build on each other as participants interact and add details, insights, and interconnections. The display of program results reveals multiple ripples and clusters of positive feedback to program members and leaders. This REM Facilitator Guide will help you understand the numerous benefits of using this method and how to apply it to your program. We have included a step-by-step agenda with general timing, scripts that can be customized and personalized, adaptable templates for your participants and programs, as well as notes and advice. Finally, we share examples of best practices for organizing, coding, and reporting your data.