Jaclyn Piatak
Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration

In 2019 Jaclyn reached out to us because she wanted to collaborate with a nonprofit to study how volunteer management practices influence volunteer satisfaction. Several nonprofits responded to her blurb in the r4i newsletter. Here's what she shared afterwards:

"One of my colleagues informed me about r4i as a resource to connect researchers with practitioners. I found the perfect organization to work with that had overlapping interests, existing surveys to share, and mechanisms to share out my own survey. I could not have imagined the caliber of organizations interested in my project nor a better partnership. Thanks so much for this resource!"

Emily Steinberg
Director of External Affairs, America's Service Commissions

In June 2019 America's Service Commisions (ASC) asked us to lead a web-verson of our "How to be Helpful" workshop for their AmeriCorps affiliates from around the United States. Emily from ASC said this afterwards:

"Thank you for a great presentation on “How to be Helpful”. You did a great job of making an important, yet complex topic, fun, relatable, and practical! I also loved the way you did a nice job of pausing for activities, allowing for group input, and responding to questions throughout the webinar."

Alero Akporiaye
Political Scientist at Rhode Island School of Design

Alero studies the impact of political risk on multi-national corporations' behavior. She reached out in 2018 and again in 2019 because she was looking to speak with folks who have experience with how they respond to expropriation. Here's what she said afterwards: 

"I heard about r4i through the American Political Science Association email list. I approached them with a long shot request to recruit industry experts from the oil and gas industry for a research project. A long shot request as r4i does not specialize in this area of matching. Though we were both skeptical about the possibility of success, they proceeded in a creative way and were able to match me with a candidate. I came back a few months after with another long shot request. I am most impressed with r4i's desire to try even when it seems impossible and how they coach clients to maximize opportunities and requests."

Jeff Pelich
Vice President of Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in Waterloo

In April 2019 the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario invited us to lead our interactive workshop How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact to their members. Here's what Jeff said afterwards:

"This workshop reaffirmed to our members the value of developing deep relationships to better engage and motivate their colleagues into action.  The content was a perfect balance of practical tips and theory that sought to empower participants in their organizing efforts."

Erica Frazier
Research Manager, FairVote

In fall 2018 Erica and her team reached out to connect with a researcher interested in evaluating electoral reforms. By spring 2019 things had really progressed! Here's what she said: 

"We had a great collaboration with researchers at MIT, using ballot data to analyze the impact of ranked choice voting. It’s already been presented as part of an engaging conference panel. We really appreciated your help connecting us — this kind of research matchmaking is so valuable!"