National REM Community of Practice

Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a highly interactive, engaging, and community-based approach that results in evaluation data about program impacts, powerful stories, and re-energized participants. REM combines appreciative inquiry and mind mapping to capture impacts. It was developed to evaluate intensive community development efforts but has been adapted and used for a wide range of programs. We were inspired to launch this Community of Practice because REM is a relatively new and emerging tool. Many who have adopted REM still have questions about implementing it and processes and applications are still evolving. This Community of Practice will not teach REM; however, we are happy to work with people on setting up or linking to future REM training. We believe a network of practitioners will help us all learn and share best practices for utilizing REM.

Join the REM Community of Practice! 

For those who are deeply interested in REM, have experimented with the method, or are practitioners, consider joining our multi-disciplinary online REM Community of Practice to ask questions, workshop specific challenges, hone your skills, and collaborate as we support future generations of REM practitioners and scholars. To join, contact Scott Chazdon at


REM Practitioner's Field Guide
By Scott Chazdon, Mary Emery, Debra Hansen, Lorie Higgins, Rebecca Sero (Eds.)


SESSION 2: Case Studies Webinar

Friday, March 17, 2023
11:00 AM (PT) | 12:00 PM (MT) | 1:00 PM (CT) | 2:00 PM (ET)
Zoom link  

  • This will be the first of a series of meaty case studies on how REM can be used.
  • Hot off the press! Mary Emery and colleagues will share the results of their recent REM evaluation of Coming Together for Racial Understanding
REM Community of Practice Launch Webinar

Friday, October 28, 2022
11:00 AM (PT) | 12:00 PM (MT) | 1:00 PM (CT)  | 2:00 PM (ET)


  • Carrie Backman
  • Nicole Breazeale
  • Scott Chazdon
  • Mary Emery
  • Debra Hansen
  • Lorie Higgins
  • Rebecca Sero