What is Ripple Effects Mapping?

RECORDING: What Is Ripple Effects Mapping? 



This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of Ripple Effects Mapping. Identifying the impacts of complicated community work is often challenging due to the time lag between the work and the ultimate affects to the clients. Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) gives you the ability to tell your stories of the direct and indirect impacts of your work, while being engaging and fun. It starts with storytelling in a group setting which leads to the mapping process. Stories build on each other while the facilitator maps the accomplishments, partnerships, and contributions. REM helps you capture and visualize the learning, actions and condition changes that happened as a result of a program, workshop series or event.



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



Rebecca Sero, PhD

Rebecca Sero is a research methodologist at a federal agency, where she works with 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 PhD in Human Development from Purdue University and a MS in Family Studies from Miami University.


Debra Hansen, MEd

Debra Hansen 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.

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