Sensemapping is a hybrid method (both qualitative and quantitative) for Research, Monitoring & Evaluation.

Sensemapping is a further development of both The Sensemaker Approach and Most Significant Change approach, which are in their turn forthcoming from qualitative evaluation methodology ('Fourth generation Evaluation').

Most Significant Change added a thorough participative methodology to storytelling.

The Sensemaker approach added a hybrid structure (a quantitative survey) to reserach based on storytelling.

Sensemapping is now adding mapping of the group of stakeholders to be researched as well as a thoroughly organised participative methodology and the use of video (where possible) to the Sensemaker approach.

Sensemapping is developed by René Roemsrma and Bob van der Winden (BWsupport) based on a thorough methodological background (Bob holds an MPA - Masters of Public Administration, specialisation Evaluation) and many years of practice in research, monitoring and evaluation (together we undertook research, monitoring and evaluation projects since the year 2000).

In short: Sense-mapping provides the following advantages:

  1. Mapping of stakeholders (network analysis) based on desk study
  2. Inception report, kick off session (participation)
  3. Interviews / stories (qualitative research)
  4. Survey (quantitative research)
  5. Participative method: interpretation with stakeholders (not just by the evaluators) in local discussion forums (both regional, national as international)
  6. Video to enhance discussions