Ripple Effects Mapping, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Ripple Effects Mapping

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 you 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 discussion. 

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
  • Discover reporting best practices for REM data 



Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.



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. Hansen has a master’s degree in Adult Education from Penn State.









Rebecca Sero, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Evaluation Specialist for Washington State University Extension, responsible for increasing the organization’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs and services. Rebecca 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. Rebecca has a Ph.D. from Purdue University and a M.S. from Miami University.







Participant Commitments:

  • Commit to attend four sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times.
  • View a 20-minute zoom video tutorial prior to the first session on Tuesday, July 6 
  • 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 or improve skills.
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session.

Dates and Times:

States & American Samoa:
Weekly on Tuesdays & Thursday: July 19, 21, 26 & 28, 2022

04:00 pm – 05:30 pm Mountain
03:00 pm – 04:30 pm Pacific
12:00 pm – 01:30 pm Hawaii
11:00 am – 12:30 pm American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions:
Weekly on Wednesdays and Friday: July 20, 22, 27 & 29, 2022

10:00 am – 11:30 am Republic of the Marshal Islands
09:00 am – 10:30 am Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 am – 09:30 am Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 am – 08:30 am Republic of Palau

(View in your time zone, here)


Certificates of Attendance:

Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 11 hours. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements. 


Register Here:

EPLS: Ripple Effects Mapping, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer his registration opportunity to others.

Space is limited. Enroll now!


Cost is Free!



Contact Maxwell DiNatale ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).

Starts: Jul. 19, 2022 3:00 pm
Ends: Jul. 19, 2022 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
July 19, 2022
Event Type
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