This 4-session distance learning series offers participants with 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. series
September 7, 14, 21, and 28
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Alaska
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Mountain
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
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, state, and tribal-based prevention practitioners, allied health partners and community members working to prevent substance misuse located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
- Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 10. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.
Participant Commitment and Expectations:
- If unfamiliar with Zoom, view a 20-minute video on the Zoom video conferencing platform prior to Session 1 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
- Participate in all 4 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
- Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities prior to, and in preparation, for each of the (4) live sessions.
- Use a web-camera and have access to 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.
This EPLS is not a webinar series. 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, September 7, you will forfeit your attendance.
In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Session 1 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 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 Clarissa Lam Yuen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants who complete all 4 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 11 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.
The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.