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.
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 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.
- The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO): Jill conducted the discovery research for WFCO’s strategic planning process, gathering feedback from more than 1,300 voices across the state. These voices were used to inform WFCO’s five-year focused strategy.
- 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 (CSBG) funding.
- The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (ASFC): 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.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE): Jill managed a statewide project to collect feedback through mixed methods on current use of nutrition programs among lower-income families. Data were used to identify perceived value and implications for communication strategy.
- Denver Office on Aging: Jill identified assets and gaps within the city and county of Denver as it seeks to become an age-friendly community through an environmental scan, surveys and facilitated meetings. Data were compiled to help develop a concrete action plan with specific recommendations related to policy, programming and training.
Before coming to JVA, Jill worked on policy issues for a U.S. senator.
Jill received her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Her B.A. is from Colorado College.
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.
When not working, Jill can be found traveling (including frequent trips to Colorado) or wandering around downtown Chicago with her dog, Jackson.