How Does Ripple Effects Stack Up Against the Competition?


Ripple Effects is the top rated SEL training program listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), and the only computer-based program listed as a Model Program for all three tiers of intervention by both NREPP and the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC).

NREPP evaluates fidelity of implementation, quality of research design, and readiness for implementation. This SAMHSA sponsored registry lists over 200 evidence-based programs for promotion, prevention and intervention with mental health disorders and substance abuse. Ripple Effects is the only one listed for all three levels. To our knowledge, only eleven NREPP listed programs also completely meet the CASEL frameworks for universal, effective Social-Emotional Learning programs. Of those model programs, Ripple Effects rates highest in all three areas evaluated, as seen in the chart above.

NDPC evaluates  programs for effectiveness in three areas: prevention, intervention, and recovery of dropouts. Model programs are further ranked by three effectiveness criteria:  Strong Evidence of Effectiveness, Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness, or Limited Evidence of Effectiveness.  Ripple Effects is the only technology-based program with the top rating of Strong Evidence of Effectivenss for all three areas.

In addition to these National lists, Ripple Effects has been vetted and listed as an evidence-based program on several state level registries.  Ripple Effects has also received more than two dozen major awards from software, health, education and communication industries.

Provides unique capability to reach all students

Ripple Effects technology-based instruction provides a unique capability that is crucial to effective SEL programs that work for every student. Its design can deliver both differentiated instruction (i.e., multiple instructional modes to match the way different students learn best) AND personalized, adaptive instruction (i.e., instruction in skills matched to individual risk and protective factors for each student), all with absolute fidelity to instructional design. Such differentiated, personalized instruction is generally not possible with most teacher-delivered curricula, and as seen in the table above, no other program comes close in instructional fidelity.