Thanks for sharing this in detail! Just to be curious, in sensemaker step 5 or 6, what kind of patterns can the software identify that "can't be detected by reading or textual analysis"?
How long does it typically take to analyze data using sensemaker (of course, would be dependent on the number of stories)? What types of training or skills are needed to analyze data with Sensemaker?
the Software aggregates the data and shows patterns, in conjunnction with the patterns that are emerging by reading or textual analysis.
we had a consultant do the bivariate anaylsis Korinne
much of the analysis actually
how long was the process from start to finish, and about how much did it cost?
it took two months to analyse the sensemaker stories and identify paatterns through a participatory process
This is a Methods briefs about SenseMaker, with some additional details about the tool
When would you recommend the use of sensemaker? In what cases do you think it is most useful/appropriate? And is the license a recurring subscription or one-time fee?
honestly don't know th cost, Emily - I can follow up and try to find out tho
rough estimate would be fine--just trying to get a sense of what other teams would need to replicate
Very interesting to see how the findings influenced program design.
@korinne Sensemaker is a participatory tool for getting qualitative data- it is useful to use when you want to know what the participants see as the most releventt social norms for them- it however should be used along with other qualitative tools like FGDs.
@David yes also noting that these shifts or increased focus was done via triangulation with other methods
What was the biggest surprise you discovered through Sensemaker, that you hadn't been aware of through other project M&E tools?
For the cost: It was about $225,000 for the research, but that included a synthesis of some other forms of data.
This is the link to the full report of SenseMaker with additional data and analysis:
just to note that tirzahs estimate is for data collection for this and additional methods - not sensemakee alone
Ximena Echeverria Magariños
If you were to do this again: would you do a similar combination of methods/approaches? (semse,aker, FGs, outcome mapping, etc). Or would you explore others?
And what do you recommend for smaller projects that don't have the same level of resources for data collection that Tipping Point has? Can the same combination of methods be used?
@korinne - our second time around we're doing a 3 arm cluster RCT for the value of such a "rigorous" method in the views of our Target audiences for influencing
I think there is real value in sensemaker, though - but it is expensive
@Andrew a certain number of stories would be needed (65-80) to let the patterns emerge from each set of participant grroups
oh sorry Ximena
Ximena Echeverria Magariños
Thank you Anne
I think the real value of SenseMaker is the participatory approach, linked to the rigorous way of analyzing patterns in the micro-narratives.
Suraiya what do you think? is this adding impact to traditional sessions?
thanks for having us Emily!
Yes. it add impacts to traditional sessions. like further FGD can conduct based on the findings of SM
great thanks Suraiya