Ripple Effects Mapping, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series - 2024

Ripple Effects Mapping: Capturing Impacts of Complex Work

An Enhanced Prevention Learning Series


Series Overview

This four-session distance learning series offers participants an interactive opportunity to explore and experience Ripple Effects Mapping (REM), a participatory evaluation tool designed to identify the outcomes and impact of complex community work. REM provides the ability to collect stories of the direct and indirect impacts of your work, while simultaneously being a reflective and engaging process for participants. The series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussions. By the end of the series, participants will have increased their capacity to:

  • Understand the flow (from start to finish) of a Ripple Effects Mapping event by observing a peer organization participate in a REM session
  • Discover the benefits of using this technique to identify the intended and unintended outcomes of your work
  • Explore the theory behind the core components
  • Learn how to develop Appreciative Inquiry questions and appropriate prompts for effective mapping
  • Participate in Appreciative Inquiry conversations; followed by a mind-mapping exercise
  • Develop a communications plan to hold your first event
  • Discuss coding frameworks and qualitative analysis processes that would be relevant to a prevention/public health framework SAMHSA’S Northwest (Region 10) Prevention Technology Transfer Center
  • Discover reporting best practices for REM data


Community-level prevention practitioners and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.

Session Dates and Time

August 20, 27 and September 3, 17, 2024

10:00 am – 11:30 am Alaska
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Mountain
(View in your time zone)

*Please note there will be no live session on September 10, 2024.


Debra Hansen, M.Ed.Debra Hansen, M.Ed., is a professor and county Extension Director with Washington State University, focusing on community and economic development in rural Stevens County. Debra was one of the original architects of Ripple Effects Mapping, developed in 2008 to discover poverty reduction outcomes in individual communities that participated in the Washington’s Horizons Program. She continues to map programs and train others to use this engaging tool. Debra has a master’s degree in Adult Education from Penn State.


Rebecca Sero, Ph.D.

Rebecca Sero, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Methodologist at a federal agency, where she works with engagement teams to help select and implement methodologies that will effectively evaluate and analyze data in order to answer proposed research questions. Rebecca also helps conduct and train on “in-depth” Ripple Effects Mapping and is most often engaged with determining how to best analyze the rich data that is produced from REM evaluations. She received a Ph.D. in Human Development from Purdue University and a M.S. in Family Studies from Miami University.


Participant Commitments and Expectations

  • View a 20-minute video tutorial on Zoom if unfamiliar with the technology, and complete the Session 1 prep packet prior to the first session on Tuesday, August 20, 2024.
  • Attend each of the four (1.5-hour) sessions in the series.
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone).
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session since this is not a webinar series, and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

Please Note:
This Enhanced Prevention Learning Series is not a webinar. Active participation is essential to gain and improve skills. Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend all sessions. If you do not attend Session 1 on Tuesday, August 20, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Session 1 on  Tuesday, August 20, 2024, in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

If you have questions regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Holly Simak ([email protected]).



Participants who complete all 4 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 10 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.


Registration Details

Register for Ripple Effects Mapping EPLS

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.
Space is limited. Enroll now!


Cost is Free!



Contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) with any questions or difficulty registering for this course. For any other questions, please contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ([email protected]).

Starts: Aug. 20, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: Aug. 20, 2024 12:30 pm
Registration Deadline
August 20, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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