Turning the Tide on Poverty: Documenting impacts through Ripple Effect Mapping

Rachel Welborn, Laura Downey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Sheri L. Worthy

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As practitioners expand their efforts to promote civic engagement and action through the use of dialog, one of the nagging concerns is how to effectively and successfully measure and document the outcomes associated with these local activities. The organic nature of citizen-led initiatives makes this a particularly challenging area in which to guage results. One promising method, Ripple Effect Mapping (REM), is an effective, easy-to-use, and cost-efficient method of evaluating participatory programs. Evaluators used REM to document the impact of Turning the Tide on Poverty in the southern US. Additionally, the method visually mapped the capacity-building work of communities participating in Tide. Representatives from each community that participated in REM were able to identify multiple accomplishments that resulted from Tide. These accomplishments were categorized using the Community Capitals Framework. REM was a useful evaluation method that documented how the Tide initiative affected the participating communities’ capitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-402
Number of pages18
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 26 2016

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  • Community Capitals framework
  • Ripple Effect Mapping
  • community development
  • evaluation
  • impacts
  • outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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