The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

July 6, 2022


Webinar Overview and Objectives

Identifying the impacts of complex community work is often challenging due to the time lag between the work and the ultimate effect on clients. But what if you could create a map?

This webinar will introduce participants to the Ripple Effects Mapping process. It starts with appreciative inquiry interviews in small group settings, before leading a mapping process that involves storytelling in an online group setting. As participants share their experiences with the facilitator, their stories about accomplishments, partnerships, and contributions are virtually mapped on the screen. At the conclusion, participants will have a digital map that contains the learning, actions, and condition changes that happened as a result of a program, workshop series, or event.

This webinar will:

  • Introduce members to the benefits of using Ripple Effects Mapping to identify the intended and unintended outcomes.
  • Demonstrate how it captures the impacts of complex or evolving work.
  • Show how it is useful when outcomes are difficult to conceptualize and measure with other methods. 



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. Hansen 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 GAO, 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. 







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