Research and Evaluation Associate
Aaron Schonhoff is JVA’s resident data nerd, helping our clients tell their stories and demonstrate their effectiveness by turning raw data into actionable data. Aaron’s projects include the creation of a multilayered evaluation system for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Monterey County, California. Aaron also helped the Spring Institute of Intercultural Learning to create an evaluation system that allows data collection in the field as part of an effort to increase health literacy among Denver’s refugee and immigrant communities. Aaron has also been working with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, to evaluate its new licensure program to prepare teachers to work with English learners in the classroom.
Before coming to JVA, Aaron taught secondary social studies at the University of Northern Iowa’s Laboratory School, an incubator for new ideas in education, and helped conduct research on the usefulness of classroom technology. While completing his master’s degree at the University of Denver, Aaron fine-tuned his survey research and quantitative skills as a research assistant at the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, where he conducted research on how, where and why public opinion toward marijuana shifted to allow for the passage of current laws regulating the recreational marijuana industry.
Aaron has been the project lead or evaluation associate on numerous JVA projects. In addition to those mentioned above, his other recent projects include the following:
- Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). Designing and implementing a multi-year evaluation to measure the effectiveness of MSU Denver’s new healthcare career preparation program targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Nursing & Therapy Services of Colorado (NTSOC). Designing and administering a community needs assessment to gather feedback from families and caregivers of those with disabilities, as well as service providers, to help NTSOC better deliver the services the organization provides.
- Adams County Human Services, Community Service Block Grants (CSBG). Collected, analyzed and synthesized data from resident and provider surveys along with focus groups to identify gaps and needs in the community to inform the CSBG process.
- Broomfield Library and Cultural Affairs Division. Designed and administered surveys to gather feedback from both community members and stakeholders within the community to inform the strategic planning process.
- Alliance for Strong Families. Assisted in designing and implementing an ongoing national evaluation to extract best practices for including older adults as a viable human capital strategy for nonprofits.
- Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO). Created and implemented an evaluation to help CLLARO seamlessly implement evaluation into the work it does developing community leaders, parent advocates in schools, and healthcare awareness and advocacy.
Aaron received his M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and his B.S. in history and secondary education from Iowa State University.
Aaron has volunteered with river cleanup at Clear Creek and fish restocking in Herman Gulch through Trouts Unlimited. He also occasionally plays piano at Porter Hospital. In the past, he has enjoyed volunteering as a youth soccer coach.
Aaron owns a mahogany custom shop Martin acoustic guitar. Its name is Miriam. It is beautiful.
Aaron provides training in the following areas: