For JVA Team, Evaluation is a Way of Life

Above, JVA's Silvia Solis presents on "Incorporating the Latina voice in practice and in design: the use of cultural and language nuances to increase the effectiveness of communication efforts" at the American Evaluation Conference in Minneapolis in November. Conference Participation Sparks Professional and Personal Growth By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and [...]

2019-12-10T20:43:58-07:00December 10th, 2019|2019, Blog, Evaluation|0 Comments

What Makes People Trust a Nonprofit?

By Sandy Wiegand, Copyeditor and Writer at Joining Vision and Action Let’s start with the good news. Charities are the most trusted institutions in the United States, according to a recent Give.org survey. People trust the nonprofit sector more than businesses, banks, the media, government (a lot more than government), and even organized religion. [...]

2019-01-30T09:36:10-07:00January 28th, 2019|2019, Blog, Evaluation, Training, Unconsultants|0 Comments

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

By Jill Iman, Co-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 [...]

Changemaker Profile: Emily Merritt

Welcome to our Changemaker Profiles blog series! Each edition will profile one outstanding social changemaker from the JVA client community. By sharing the stories of some of the incredible people we get to work with every day, each accomplishing extraordinary work in nonprofits, government, social enterprise and elsewhere, we hope we will bring a little [...]

7 Starting Points for Solid Secondary Data

By Aaron Schonhoff, Research and Evaluation Associate at Joining Vision and Action Secondary data sources are vital tools to have at your disposal. Though it may not provide insight into your specific research, secondary data can provide context to your geographic area and the issues it faces, or it can help identify regions suitable for [...]

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 [...]

Health Literacy Leads to Improved Health Outcomes for Patients

By Rolfe Larson, Senior Business Planning, Social Enterprise and Strategic Planning Consultant at Joining Vision and Action There you are, facing a BIG healthcare decision, feeling a bit lost in the haze of medical jargon and doctors on tight schedules talking a mile a minute. Even if you feel good about your healthcare providers, how much [...]

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

GIS, Evaluation & Data Visualization

By Aaron Schonhoff, Joining Vision and Action (JVA) JVA'S EVALUATION TRAININGS The importance of high-quality data evaluation. Evaluation is the process of demonstrating the effectiveness of an organization’s efforts to reach and affect their intended audience. In any attempt to report an organization’s ability to show their efforts, data visualization is critical in convincing stakeholders [...]

2017-05-15T10:37:21-06:00January 18th, 2017|Blog, Evaluation, Unconsultants|0 Comments

Data Walk: A New Engagement Approach

By Jill Iman, Ph.D., Joining Vision and Action The American Evaluation Association’s 2016 conference theme was Evaluation + Design, focusing on how the integration of design into evaluation can strengthen programs, benefit the environment and improve the lives of people. For me, one of the most important takeaways was the reminder of the infinite and [...]

2018-04-13T09:13:04-06:00November 1st, 2016|Blog, Evaluation|0 Comments