Approach

The Ripple approach is highly collaborative, utilization-focused and practitioner-centered. We use practical methods that are fit for complex contexts, and attuned where appropriate to the motivations and rhythms of faith-inspired partners. We support a full range of ‘just peace’ initiatives including dialog, relationship building, community development, advocacy and institutional change. Our partners say Ripple strengthens both programs and results.

Toolkit

  • A complexity lens which understands injustice and conflict as complex adaptive systems, and equips practitioners to influence those systems.
  • Theories of change as a tool for strengthening program strategy and design.
  • Deep expertise in qualitative methods, with complementary integration of quantitative components.
  • Outcome Harvesting and other ’emergent’ methods for the evaluation of social systems change initiatives in complex contexts.
  • Outcome Harvesting + Attitude Change as a Ripple/Tearfund adaptation for programs in which inward transformation is essential to achieving or understanding outcomes.
  • Participatory research processes that engage practitioners as process designers, data collectors, analysts, sense-makers and action planners.
  • Cross-cutting integration of conflict sensitivity, gender responsiveness and a disciplined focus on unintended effects, both positive and negative, to inform program improvement.

Ethics

In addition to robust research ethics, Ripple aims to challenge systemic injustices in the peace industry. We endorse the principles of the Equitable Evaluation Framework while emphasizing:

  • Local leadership – We encourage approaches that center the initiative, knowledge and culture of insiders, while positioning outsiders in supporting and amplifying roles.
  • Respect for context – We emphasize contextual understanding as the foundation of program planning, and discourage overreliance on ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches.
  • Sharing power – We actively support fellow consultants whose work is marginalized, including people of color, women, religious minorities, youth, sexual and gender minorities, and consultants with disabilities. 

Please join us in the journey toward justice and effectiveness.