A mind mapping approach to evaluation called Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) has been developed and used by a number of Extension faculty across the country recently. This article describes three approaches to REM, as well as key differences and similarities. The authors, each from different land-grant institutions, believe REM is an effective way to document direct and indirect impacts of community development programs while providing an opportunity for reflection and inspiration to program participants.
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Emery, M., Higgins, L., Chazdon, S., & Hansen, D. (2015). Using Ripple Effect Mapping to Evaluate Program Impact: Choosing or Combining the Methods That Work Best for You. The Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 28. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.02.28