Banner image for the Impacts page. Depicts multiple graphs, each showing the positive correlation between Ripple Effects’ programs and desired behavioral effects.

NREPP listed, NDPC model program shows an array of benefits

“All the C’s and D’s are now A’s and B’s, and we’ve had almost no discipline referrals for substance abuse since we started using the program eight months ago…” Principal, rural high school in Minnesota
Ripple Effects’ products and tools are proven effective both in scientific studies and through real world evaluations by implementers and student users. Randomized  controlled trials, along with quasi-experimental (comparison group) studies, and many qualitative evaluations show Ripple Effects programs succeed with students from urban, rural, and suburban environments, in a wide range of settings, from traditional schools to juvenile justice programs, to community health centers, and even hospitalization settings. This has resulted in Ripple Effects being listed on the NIH/SAMHSA national registry of evidence-based programs and practices (NREPP), as well as the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) Model Programs Lists, for all three tiers of intervention.

Positive impact on academics, suspensions, discipline, dropout rates and resiliency

Students using Ripple Effects demonstrate positive gains in academic achievement, attendance, and resiliency asset scores, and reductions in suspensions, ISS referrals, dropout rates, behavior problems, and depression scores.

Impact on Grades

Line graph depicting a cohort’s GPA increase of over a full point after the use of Ripple Effects’ behavioral intervention software, compared to a control group.

Previously failing students exposed to Ripple Effects raised their grades from a 1.1 to a 2.4 in one semester, while the control group went down over the same period (Perry, Bass, Ray, & Berg; 2008).  See the study.

Impact on Suspensions

Chart depicting a significant decrease in- school suspensions from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year in a cohort that used Ripple Effects for behavioral intervention.
Chart depicting a significant decrease in out of school suspensions in a Ripple Effects-treated cohort compared to a control cohort.

Use of Ripple Effects has resulted in improved student behavior, as evidenced by school and district data about office discipline referrals, in-school suspensions, and out of school suspensions. In one study of 3800+ students using Ripple Effects in ISS, repeat referrals to ISS declined an average of 28% from fall to spring, a time when they normally increase. (Ray, Patterson & Berg, 2008). In another cross-site-study, use of Ripple Effects resulted in statistically significant lower rates for out-of-school suspensions among Ripple Effects Treatment Group students versus students in control group (Bass, Perry, 2008). See the ISS study.   See the suspensions study.

Impact on Dropout Rates

Chart depicting a 30% increase in a cohort’s high school retention rate after one year of behavior intervention through Ripple Effects, compared to a control cohort.

One study showed a statistically significant, more than 50% lower dropout rate one year later, among students who were exposed to Ripple Effects, compared to the control group. See the study. 

Gains in Resiliency Assets

Chart quantifying a significant increase in the empathy scores of a Ripple Effects-treatment group compared to a control group.
Chart depicting a greater increase in problem-solving scores among students exposed to Ripple Effects, compared to a control group.

A randomized controlled trial by WestEd, measured the impact of Ripple Effects on resilience assets. Students who used Ripple Effects showed stronger gains in empathy and problem solving skills, compared to the control group, pre to post intervention. Unexpectedly, control group students showed a higher sense of connectedness. Researchers hypothesize that the Ripple Effects students’ stronger skills in empathy may have triggered the control group students feeling more connected to their school (DeLong-Cotti,2009). See the study.

Impact on Tardiness

Chart that shows that cohorts that utilized Ripple Effects had significantly lower rates for tardiness than control groups.

Ripple Effects students had fewer tardies in 4 of the 6 studies measuring it. In one study, the finding was significant. In one school where Ripple Effects was the first period activity, tardies were reduced to zero (Perry, Bass, Ray, 2008).See the study. 

Impact on Depression

Chart that shows rates of depression were reduced significantly among gang-involved youth who were exposed to Ripple Effects’ as a psycho-social intervention.

A school-based, gang prevention program in Los Angeles, which used Ripple Effects as the psycho-social component of a comprehensive intervention, found that seven cohorts of students exposed to Ripple Effects showed significant decreases in depression scores from pre-intervention to post (Koffman et al, 2008). See the study

Examine the Theory Base

More than 1000 research-based, theoretical constructs from across five major disciplines have been woven into the expert system technology that underpins Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum SEL Learning System It is designed to preserve content fidelity, while enabling user-specific personalization and site-specific adaptation. Learn more this groundbreaking synthesis of approaches in this book by Ripple Effects creator and CEO, Alice Ray.

“All the C’s and D’s are now A’s and B’s, and we’ve had almost no discipline referrals for substance abuse since we started using the program eight months ago…” Principal, rural high school in Minnesota