Evaluation

Ripple evaluations inform and inspire practitioner decision-making, learning and adaptation in highly complex contexts. We apply qualitative and mixed methods, with an emphasis on maximizing participation, and attention to the unique needs of faith-inspired practitioners. Ripple is well known for contextualizing mainstream approaches and supporting bottom-up innovation to improve the way that interfaith action is evaluated. Our partners say Ripple strengthens both programs and results.

Sample projects:

  • Utilization-focused evaluation of the Swiss Culture and Religion in Mediation (CARIM) Program 2011-2020, using Outcome Harvesting + Attitude Change (with Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Ripple teammates Michèle Ferenz, Sarah Davies and Hur Hassnain).
  • Summative evaluation of Capacity for Inter-Religious Community Action (CIRCA) Phase II in Kenya and Niger, with learnings on the integration between community development, empowerment of women and youth, advocacy and interreligious peacebuilding (with Catholic Relief Services).
  • Formative outcome-focused evaluation on interreligious peacebuilding in Northern Iraq, plus remote evaluation coaching on interreligious peacebuilding in Egypt and gender-based violence and masculinities in Burundi, leading to development of the Outcome Harvesting + Attitude Change approach (with Tearfund and Ripple teammate Malaka Refai).
  • Critical friend mid-project review and final Outcome Harvesting + Attitude Change evaluation to support Southeast Asia: Advancing Inter-Religious Dialogue and Freedom of Religion or Belief (with the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and Ripple teammate Malaka Refai).
  • Outcome Harvesting internal evaluation on multi-site Christian-Muslim peacebuilding in the USA, including foci on refugee engagement and human rights advocacy. Accompaniment support for development of new organizational monitoring and evaluation system (with Peace Catalyst International, pro bono).
  • Summative evaluation of Muslim-Christian peacebuilding in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Philippines, with cross-cutting themes including gender and youth, to inform next-phase global strategy (with Catholic Relief Services).
  • Pilot testing and guidance note development on monitoring, evaluation and learning for effective interreligious action (with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Search for Common Ground, under CDA Collaborative Learning Projects).
  • Logic model and theory of change development on empowering children and youth through engagement in the arts, science and outdoors, in neighborhoods experiencing adversity in San Francisco, USA (with Weekend-Adventures, pro bono).