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Methods Protoc. 2018, 1(3), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps1030025

An Impact Mapping Method to Generate Robust Qualitative Evaluation of Community-Based Research Programs for Youth and Adults

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Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, West Virginia University, G025 Agricultural Science Building, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA
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4-H Youth Development, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, ME 04410, USA
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Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee, 1215 W. Cumberland Avenue, 229 Jessie Harris Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-1920, USA
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Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 110 Ruth Leverton Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0806, USA
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Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, Box 2203, SWG 443, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
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School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine, 5735 Hitchner Hall, Orono, ME 04469, USA
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Received: 27 April 2018 / Revised: 7 July 2018 / Accepted: 12 July 2018 / Published: 17 July 2018
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Abstract

Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) is an evaluation approach that has traditionally been used in community settings to visually map the impact of programming and community interventions. This manuscript utilizes the Community Capitals Framework (CCF) to inform REM and to better highlight the changes and impact between various levels of a community, following a childhood obesity prevention intervention. The addition of in-depth qualitative analyses makes this approach particularly useful for the evaluation of interventions with a research–community partnership focus. The objective of this study was to describe a CCF-informed REM approach with detailed protocol, training, and application to the community-based, childhood obesity prevention intervention, iCook 4-H, which targeted youth and adult pairs. This protocol includes the steps required to prepare for REM sessions of, ideally, six youth and adult pairs, one facilitator, and one or two evaluators/note takers. REM sessions typically begin with an icebreaker and appreciative inquiry activities that inform the REM mapping process that follows. In-depth qualitative analysis of the notes and map images captured during REM sessions ensure the rigor required for research-related interventions. Researchers, community members, and participants can use CCF-informed REM collectively as a robust evaluation tool to demonstrate, through visual mapping, the positive effects of community-partnered research programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: ripple effect mapping; youth; adult; methods; impact mapping; implementation and dissemination; community; sustainability ripple effect mapping; youth; adult; methods; impact mapping; implementation and dissemination; community; sustainability
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Olfert, M.D.; Hagedorn, R.L.; White, J.A.; Baker, B.A.; Colby, S.E.; Franzen-Castle, L.; Kattelmann, K.K.; White, A.A. An Impact Mapping Method to Generate Robust Qualitative Evaluation of Community-Based Research Programs for Youth and Adults. Methods Protoc. 2018, 1, 25.

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