Jill Bennett Iman

Jill Iman

Co-Managing Director / Director of Research and Evaluation

Jill Iman has an extensive background in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including survey design and advanced statistical analysis. And she has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing and analyzing multifaceted and complex research and evaluation projects. At Joining Vision and Action, Jill manages and collaborates on multiple short-term and long-term projects, including outcome and process evaluations, business, communications and strategic planning, community assessment and feasibility research.

Jill is an analytical idealist, driven to make the world better by finding the intersection between research and practice. Her focus is always on making data meaningful to programs and organizations by streamlining evaluation and identifying implications for strategy and implementation.

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JVA Experience

While at JVA, Jill has completed short- and long-term projects designed to help social changemakers inform their decision-making and improve their services. Ultimately, she enables them to be more effective, spurred by a shared desire to make the world a better place.

Jill’s engagements include the following:

  • Denver Department of Human Services. In 2019, Jill is leading the community needs assessment phase for Denver’s 2GO Together Forward Initiative—a mixed-methods research effort designed to better understand the needs, strengths and gaps in the Denver system of care of kin families.
  • League of Women Voters of Colorado. Jill designed and implemented the discovery process to inform the strategic plan of the League, including a stakeholder survey, a national scan and key informant interviews to identify ways for the League to maintain and expand its relevancy.
  • Colorado Health Foundation and Rose Community Foundation. Jill planned and implemented the research process to inform the creation of a health literacy hub in Colorado. Methods included stakeholder interviews, a statewide survey and a national landscape scan.
  • Denver Indian Center, Inc. (DICI): As the local evaluator for DICI’s five-year, federally funded Honoring Fatherhood Program, Jill conducts the ongoing outcome and process evaluation, identifying areas of impact and strategic program areas for change.
  • Denver Department of Human Services, Jefferson County Department of Human Services, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services: Jill designed and managed three simultaneous countywide community needs assessments using mixed methods to identify areas of need and areas of strength for services and resources for lower-income residents. Findings were used to inform decisions related to allocation of Community Services Block Grant funding.
  • The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: Jill is managing the development and implementation of an evaluation of the impact of a national effort across 10 organizations to incorporate Second Act talent (aka encore talent) into nonprofit workforces. Feedback will be used to identify areas of impact on organizations and communities, as well as to identify best practices for future scalability and sustainability.
  • Denver’s Office on Aging: Through an environmental scan, surveys and facilitated meetings, Jill identified assets and gaps within the city and county of Denver as it seeks to become an age-friendly community by 2020. In 2019, she is leading the planning process for the first year of the DenverConnect van, a vehicle designed to serve older adults, specifically those in lower-income neighborhoods, by providing access to resources and services.

Before coming to JVA, Jill worked on policy issues for a U.S. senator.

Degrees

Jill received her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Her B.A. is from Colorado College.

Community Involvement

Jill lives in Chicago, where she volunteers with Tutoring Chicago and with organizations throughout the city, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Jill is also a member of the advocacy council for Women Employed.

Fun Fact

When not working, Jill can be found traveling (including frequent trips to Colorado) or wandering around downtown Chicago with her dog, Jackson.