i2i institute is honored to partner with community-based organizations, philanthropic foundations, and public sector agencies, and to engage in a diverse range of projects. Current or recent projects include work in international development, health and human services, child welfare, education, early childhood and youth development, community mobilization, and other areas of social concern.
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Selected Clients List
McKnight FoundationCollaborative Crop Research Project - International: Focus on Africa, South America
The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation supports participatory research among farmers, scientists, development professionals, communities, and government officials so that small farms in Africa and South America provide nutritious, sustainably grown food for families, communities, and regions. Strengthening technical as well as human capacity, the CCRP promotes cross-sector collaboration, farmer agency, and innovative solutions that arise from the complex and varied environments in which small farmers produce and market their goods.
i2i Institute helped the CCRP team develop and implement the Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Planning process. With IMEP, teams across multiple continents with differing access to technology can collect and analyze data to identify the immediate and longer-term impact of their work, both directly and as a ripple effect on other sectors. The iterative process brings M&E into the planning stages and promotes continuous learning from all stakeholders, from community members to academics to government officials.
The i2i team has trained regional representatives, created templates and tools for project and program level M&E, and conducted program-wide evaluation. With systematized data collection, the increased leadership skills of its regional representatives, and support in reflecting on the deeper impact of program, the CCRP team is gaining a better understanding of the program's strengths. This knowledge provides the foundation for a program strategy that optimizes the CCRP's unique position in global agriculture development and its commitment to research and development based on a relationship-centered approach.
Tewa Women UnitedA'Gin Healthy Sexuality and Body Sovereignty - New Mexico
Tewa Women United (TWU), a collective intertribal women’s voice established in 1989 in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, conducts culturally-based programs that weave modern intervention and prevention methodologies with traditional, indigenous practices to strengthen individuals and families. By honoring and affirming cultural identity and bringing the tools of critical analysis to bear on their work, the women of TWU continue in their mission to provide safe spaces for indigenous women to uncover the power, strength and skills they possess to become positive forces for social change in their families and communities.
In 2012 TWU was awarded a major five-year grant through the federal Tribal PREP program to choose, adapt, and implement a curriculum with young Native people around issues of healthy sexuality and body sovereignty. They selected i2i Institute to provide developmental evaluation, a comprehensive panoply of services that includes research, planning, and staff training as well as both formative and summative evaluation.
i2i Institute is honored to be an integral part of the team, working with TWU initially to articulate their vision and measure community and organizational strengths and needs, and subsequently to develop, monitor, and evaluate the program. The insights yielded by so comprehensive a needs assessment helped TWU select a curriculum that teaches coping skills for dealing with trauma and stress and helps youth recognize and develop their strengths, foster healthy relationships, and plan for a future they can be proud of.
In addition to the A'Gin project, TWU conducts multiple programs that honor and support community while working toward environmental justice, reproductive justice and reform of birthing practices, and the end of sexual violence. i2i Institute has worked with TWU since 2009 to provide programmatic support, data analysis, and program evaluation for select programs.
National Science FoundationPRIME: Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation - National
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950. NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nation's research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in science and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization.
The Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field.
Rocky Mountain Youth CorpRocky Mountain Youth Corp - Taos , NM
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) was established in 1993 by the City of Steamboat Springs in response to a community demand for more youth employment, educational, and recreational opportunities.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps engages youth in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. They teach responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education.
The Kettering Foundation, an institution dedicated to citizen research on democracy, enlisted Everyday Democracy and i2i Institute to find out how communities engage in conversations about race and how they help people move from dialogue to action.
Everyday Democracy and i2i have convened organizations across the country to form a learning community in which all participants will reflect on their experience and contribute to research that will shed new light on “deliberative dialogue.” Through workshops, webinars, and site visits, i2i is guiding participatory evaluation, providing structured but flexible mechanisms that enable organizations to articulate their best practices, common challenges, and innovative methods for turning conversation into change at the personal and institutional levels. In addition, i2i is helping Everyday Democracy identify how members of the learning community can use their findings to enhance their future dialogue work and continue generating new knowledge about this complex field.
National Center for the Study of Social PolicyQuality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) - Longmont, CO
For more than 30 years, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has worked with policy makers and communities across the country to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families.
The national Quality Improvement Center - Early Childhood is a five-year project funded by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families. The project aims to generate and disseminate new knowledge and robust evidence about programs and strategies that contribute to child maltreatment prevention and optimal development for infants and young children (0-5) and their families.
With multiple partners, CSSP recognizes the importance that all the work be results-focused. Commonly defined results help keep complex strategies on track, whether for community change or systems reform. i2i Institute provides a spectrum of evaluation services to monitor process and results at five QIC-EC sites around the country.
Paul J Aicher Foundation -- Everyday DemocracyStrong Starts for Children -
The mission of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation is to advance deliberative democracy and improve the quality of public life in the United States. The foundation's primary project, Everyday Democracy, helps people with different backgrounds and views talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone.
In the spring of 2010, Everyday Democracy launched Strong Starts for Children. Through this initiative, Everyday Democracy works closely with communities in New Mexico to help them find ways for all kinds of people to talk, work, and take action together on issues related to the success of all children from birth to eight.
i2i Institute conducts research and evaluation at multiple sites. Recent work addressed the relationship between legislators and early childhood advocates in a policy forum designed to explore New Mexico's policy options and make recommendations to the Legislature on issues related to early childhood development.
Rio Arriba Health and Human Services DepartmentPathways/Rio Arriba County - New Mexico
Rio Arriba Case Management and Outreach Services is nationally recognized by the federal government as a model for rural health care delivery. By instituting Pathways, Rio Arriba County joins twenty other counties across the nation in piloting an innovative approach to case management. The Pathways model holds case managers accountable for producing positive health outcomes rather than for producing specific units of service.
Taos Community FoundationTCF Parent Survey Summative Analysis - Taos, NM
Taos Community Foundation is a non-profit, community corporation created by and for the people of Taos and western Colfax counties that builds on the vision of making a difference in community for today and tomorrow. The Taos Community Foundation connects donor interests with community needs and makes giving and supporting nonprofit organizations in Taos, New Mexico communities effective and easy.
i2i Institute has worked together with TCF for many years and through multiple projects. Most recently, i2i provided summative analysis for a parent survey concerning afterschool care options available in the county.
New Mexico Voices for ChildrenState Fiscal Analysis Initiative - New Mexico
Founded in 1987 by a group of pediatricians, New Mexico Voices for Children (NM Voices) is a progressive, nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization working to create systems-level sustainable change that will improve the lives of New Mexico’s children. Fiscal policies can and do have negative consequences for low–income working families, negatively impacting the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities.
i2i Institute works with New Mexico Voices for Children on the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative. The SFAI network is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research organization and strategic policy institute that works on a range of federal and state issues.
Feed the Future Innovation LabClimate Change Collaborative Research Support Program - International: Focus on Africa and Asia
With funding from U.S.A.I.D., researchers at Colorado State University are working with global partners to develop solutions for livestock producers in arid regions of East Africa, West Africa, and Central Asia where climate change is having an impact. Building collaborative ties with other research organizations in Innovation Lab research countries helps researchers further the impact and dissemination of their study results. The Livestock-Climate Change CRSP was initiated in 2010.
Peru Opportunity Fund- International: Focus on South America
Peru Opportunity Fund links smallholder farmers to the information, simple technologies and capital they need to enhance their productivity and make informed choices about their land, their crops and their livelihoods.
Peru Opportunity Fund is an initiative of Hampshire Foundation, a private foundation based in the United States. Before turning its focus to sustainable agriculture at the end of 2011, Peru Opportunity Fund concentrated its work on job-generating and income-generating projects in rural Peru.
Peru Opportunity Fund’s objective through 2021 is to develop and promote methodologies to bring much-needed information and tools to poor farmers in rural Peru so that they can increase their output and incomes while preserving and improving the soil and other natural resources. Peru Opportunity Fund believes that small-scale farming can be an engine for economic growth in Peru and that farmers’ ability to earn a decent living from the land has a direct impact on the environmental, economic and social health of the country.
El Centro Family Health CenterSAMH - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Planning Grant - Espanola, New Mexico
El Centro Family Health is a FQHC that provides quality health care at affordable prices to rural northern NM. In 2011 El Centro received HRSA funding to conduct a rural network development planning process to establish a network within Taos to support its primary care and enabling services, with the initial emphasis on substance abuse and mental health services. The primary aim of the planning process was to formulate a collaborative partnership to design comprehensive continuums of care for both substance abuse and mental health services for the constituents they serve.
I2i Institute contracted with El Centro Family Health to provide research, data analysis, and evaluation support to the project. To do this, i2i participated in network meetings, conducted surveys and key informant interviews with network members, searched, summarized, and analyzed the literature, and presented findings at network and community meetings. i2i helped El Centro assess community needs and strengths, refine its focus in the SAMH area, and increase community collaboration toward creating comprehensive continuums of care.
Encuentro(Kellogg) Latino Immigrant Resource Center - Albuquerque, NM
Encuentro is a new community based organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico that offers English language instruction, financial education, parenting classes, and other educational services for Latino immigrant families to build both individual and community knowledge. The Encuentro team believes that with that knowledge comes power: programs in adult education become entry points for building new relationships, sharing experiences, and linking to grassroots movements that allow people to use new skills to benefit their families and our broader community. Encuentro provides opportunities for people to learn, grow, and take part in the effort to make New Mexico a more equitable, more prosperous, and more just place for everyone.
The Encuentro team and a funder, the Kellogg Foundation, understood that establishing evaluation processes early in the organization's history could help the team and constituents understand how their collective work was benefitting individuals and the larger community. They engaged i2i Institute to help them envision the big picture and define their role in shaping it. In the first phase, i2i worked with the team to create a theory of change and a set of tools so they could track and assess the impact of their programs and structure. In the second phase, i2i worked with the staff to collect and evaluate data on program impact. i2i also trained staff to embed evaluative thinking and processes in the organizational structure and use their evaluation activities to inform planning on a continual basis.
Bridges Project for EducationHispanics in Philanthropy Grant - Taos , NM
Bridges Project for Education was founded in 1997 on a simple idea: to expand college access for people of all ages, with an emphasis on students who are among the first generation in their families to seek higher education. Serving Taos, New Mexico and neighboring areas, Bridges has worked individually with over 2,000 students, helping them research colleges, write application essays, register for college entrance exams, and locate financial aid and scholarships.
"We know that helping students earn college and vocational degrees can be an effective way to increase their ability to contribute positively to the broader economy and social welfare of our community," say Project Directors Joleen Montoya Dye and Sue Goldberg. That kind of big-picture thinking informs all of their work, and led them to i2i Institute for help in measuring and expanding their effectiveness.
With i2i's help, and in partnership with Taos Municipal Schools and the University of New Mexico-Taos, Bridges secured a three-year grant from Hispanics in Philanthropy to collect and use evaluation data to improve coordination among the organizations. This evaluation looks at gaps in the existing system and will lead to a shared framework of best practices that helps first-generation students overcome deterrents in the admissions process as well as struggles that arise while attending college. The project is an excellent example of organizations leveraging evaluation data at multiple scales for community gain, and i2i Institute is proud to be a part of it.
Viewpoint LearningOur Voices, Our Children: The Common Ground Project - San Diego, CA
Since its founding in 1999, Viewpoint Learning has engaged the public, leaders and other stakeholders in dialogues designed to improve decision-making, understand different viewpoints in depth, and build trust. All of Viewpoint Learning’s approaches build on dialogue as a form of social learning.
By allowing participants to grapple with hard choices and examine them from different viewpoints, Viewpoint Learning’s range of specialized dialogues enable decision-makers to increase their options, anticipate obstacles and broaden support for difficult decisions.
The CommonGround project is a state-wide effort engaging leaders and the public in working through alternatives for early childhood development policy in order to identify approaches that both will support. Dialogue participants joined legislators and early childhood advocates in a policy forum designed to explore New Mexico's policy options and make recommendations to the Legislature on issues related to early childhood development.