Approach

The Ripple approach is highly collaborative, utilization-focused and practitioner-centered. We use practical methods fit for complex contexts, across fields such as peacebuilding, social justice, human rights, community development and humanitarian aid. Our partners say Ripple strengthens both programs and results.

Toolkit

  • A complexity lens which interprets injustice and conflict as part of complex adaptive systems, and equips practitioners to influence those systems.
  • Qualitative and mixed methods: interviews, focus groups, open-ended surveys and qualitative coding, supplemented by quantitative components on a case-by-case basis.
  • Outcome Harvesting and other emergent (‘goal-free’) methods for the monitoring and 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.
  • Action research processes that blend learning with doing, engaging practitioners as data collectors, analysts, evaluators and strategic planners. 
  • A disciplined focus on unintended effects, both positive and negative, to help organizations adapt nimbly to improve results. 

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 equity and effectiveness.