Reminder that the SACK Coalition meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11th, 8 a.m. at the Jail Training Room! We are excited to welcome Regional Prevention Coordinator, Sean Culhane from the southwest region of our state to our meeting. We would like as many current and former SACK coalition members in attendance as possible for this presentation!
Sean, along with other Regional Prevention Coordinators, were recently trained in what is called, Ripple Effect Mapping (REM). REM is an evaluation method developed to document the intended and unintended impacts of complex community-based projects; these impacts are not easily identified by other research methods. REM will helps groups and coalitions focus on program successes by spending time discussing several guiding questions before creating the ripple ma). Questions will typically ask about how something has changed for the better as a result of the program. Questions developed for one REM process included the following:
- Tell a story about how you and/or others have used information (e.g., trainings) from the leadership development program.
- Is there anything you are especially proud of you’d like to share?
- Are there any specific achievements or successes you are aware of?
- Have you shared what you’ve learned with anyone?
- What new resources or opportunities do you (and/or the community) have?
- How has your and/or others’ attitudes or behaviors changed?
Developing the map as stories unfold allows participants to control themes and see resulting ripples. They often see trends in their work. A storyboard and eventually a digitized map can be enlarged, laminated and shared with communities and groups, who can then use them to share accomplishments, identify goals and objectives achieved as well as less successful efforts, and informally identify projects and outcomes that had or are having many positive ripple effects.
We’re excited Sean is able to join us on Tuesday, September 11th! SACK will enter year ten, the final Drug Free Community Grant year on September 30, 2018. This exercise and subsequent map will be a tool for the coalition to use going forward.