For the Leapfrog Short project Ripple, the Leapfrog team have been looking at the journeys and destinations of the tools co-designed as part of the whole Leapfrog project. One of the aims for Ripple was to illustrate these tool journeys as they move through and beyond Leapfrog project partners. Looking at the methods and distances of their travel. With this is mind the team have been drawing up some visualisations of this ‘ripple effect’ that tracks the use of use of the tools out from the key Leapfrog partners to people who they are in contact with but the Leapfrog project is not necessarily directly connected too. To do this the team have been in contact with some of the Leapfrog key partners to interview them about how they have been using tools and the people or organizations they have shared tools with. In addition to this visual mapping of tool journeys from our partners out, we have been mapping the people and organisations who have downloaded Leapfrog tools and who are from ‘outside’ the main project. These people and organisations who have not had any previous direct contact with Leapfrog project but have found their way to the Leapfrog tools can show us how Leapfrog tools are discovered and some insight into their relevance beyond the co-design group who created them.
Through tracking the travel of tools and visulaising their journey this short project has yielded some interesting points which will be fed into the larger evaluation exercise in Leapfrog where we will be looking in more detail at the category of tool users who have had no prior links to Leapfrog. Contact with the Leapfrog project partners who have co-designed with us makes mapping the journey of tools ‘out’ from the inside of the project an easier task than picking up their journey one or two degrees of separation away from the project. Yet both journeys are of interest, which leads us to focus more energy on this in the future as we evaluate the whole project. As well as insight gained through visualizing journeys, the interviews with our project partners have also helped us to refine the questions we will be asking in the final evaluation phase of the project