Event Details
Event Title Layers Upon Layers of Impacts: Two Ways to Use Ripple Effects Mapping in Community-Engaged Research
Location Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library & Zoom
Sponsor Carolina Center for Public Service
Date/Time 02/27/2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
For more information, contact the event administrator: Macy Green macyag@unc.edu
Event Presenters
Name Title  
Allison De Marco, MSW, PhD Advanced Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Research Faculty, School of Social Work
Brett Sheppard Project Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s FFORC project
Barbara Morton Mineral Springs Community Garden, Richmond County
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Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a participatory approach to evaluating complex interventions. In this interactive workshop, we highlight two examples and give participants the opportunity to try it, asking: “What impacts do you dream your work might have?” 
The Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC) conducted REM sessions with community garden partners. Participants developed a map of benefits across three levels/ripples: individual, interpersonal and community. The sessions uncovered new benefits, proving REM effective for understanding interventions and centering participant voices. 
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute researchers used REM to evaluate efforts to create more equitable research practices. The session captured impacts across four levels (adding a policy level to the FFORC’s three), revealing that most impacts have been at the personal and team levels.

*This event is a hybrid event. Virtual information available upon registration. 

A Carolina Engagement Week Event
Carolina Engagement Week is your chance to explore the impact of community-driven partnerships powered by state and local community leaders and Carolina researchers. By attending one or more sessions, you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the methods and collaborative approaches that are working effectively throughout different parts of North Carolina. You can also identify new opportunities to engage in community initiatives around the state designed to create social and economic impact.
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