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Ripple Effects Mapping at WeCAN

Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) evaluation has been a key activity at WeCAN. We have conducted REM with communities in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming that have had Community Reviews before the three states came together to redesign the process, with communities in Idaho and Montana that have had a Community Review since redesign, and with participants of the Peer Learning Network.  Going forward we will ripple map the impacts experienced by Bootcamp communities as well as using the method to increase our understanding of Community Review benefits.

Ripple Effects Mapping

Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a versatile participatory evaluation tool. The intent of REM is to identify the intended and unintended activities that ripple out from the community review process. 


  • Is designed to gather evaluation data from community review participants in a focus group setting

  • Identifies unanticipated positive benefits from the community review by mapping causal chains of results

  • Provides an opportunity for residents to visualize their own and others’ roles in creating community change

  • Patterns emerge from mind maps, providing insights leaders need to design future activities strategically

Download a free copy of the book, Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping.Tri-State project PI, Lorie Higgins is a co-editor of the book. You can find more information about Ripple Effect Mapping at REM Studio.  

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