Warmth and Competence: Where Do You Fall and Why Does it Matter?

By Jill Iman, Managing Director and Director of Research and Evaluation Regardless of whether you consider yourself social or not, the reality is that people are social animals—and as part of that, we are primed and equipped to make quick judgments of others. These judgments, whether accurate or not (e.g., stereotypes), are believed to stem [...]

The Six Elements of a Fulfilling Volunteering Experience

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer for Joining Vision and Action To mark National Volunteer Week, I’ve been talking to my colleagues about the whys and hows of their experiences volunteering with nonprofits. Earlier this week, I shared their stories about what they gain from volunteering. Today, I’ll share their responses to two last, [...]

Reframing Research and Evaluation: A Personal Journey

By Jill Iman, Co-Managing Director and Director or Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science My early training was in an academic, research-based setting where a hypothesis was either supported or not through rigorous research methodologies and analysis. Although this culture is changing, it has fostered an environment where success is tied to being able to [...]

Strategies for Decision Making: When is “Good Enough” Better than “Best”?

Jill Iman, Director of Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science at Joining Vision and Action This story, with implications for decision making strategies (I promise), begins last weekend when I finally gave into a longing that had been building for, dare I say, a few years—I was going to buy some “nicer” patio furniture. Upon committing [...]

What does it mean to collaborate effectively?

By Jill Iman, Director of Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science at Joining Vision and Action Every day we’re being confronted with more news that might/could (does?) feel disheartening to ourselves and to many in our world. As I find myself riding my own waves of optimism and frustration (currently in an optimistic phase, thank you very [...]

How We Think About Setbacks Matters

EVALUATION TRAININGS By Jill Iman, Director of Evaluation, Research and Implementation Science Imagine this Situation Imagine that both Jada and Levi are in a middle school science class and each of us fails the mid-term test. Do you think Jada and Levi will each interpret that F the same? And, what will their classmates think about the [...]

2017-02-01T10:51:33-07:00February 2nd, 2017|Blog, Evaluation, Implementation Science|0 Comments

Productivity Hacks (Part 3 of 3)

By Janine Vanderburg, President/CEO, Joining Vision and Action How does our changemaker team at JVA stay on task and accomplish so much for our clients? You’ve already heard from Collin and Nora; here are some favorite changemakers productivity hacks from the rest of our team. Jill Iman, director of research and implementation science In her [...]

2018-05-21T15:42:45-06:00January 17th, 2017|Blog, Tools for Changemakers, Unconsultants|0 Comments