Lewis Scott
Doctoral Researcher, School of Politics and International Relations

In October 2019 Lewis invited us to lead our "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact" workshop as part of the professional development training for PhD/post-graduate students at the University of Nottingham. Here's what he shared afterwards: 

"We were very happy to have this presentation as part of our student-led professional development programme for postgraduate researchers. It was very refreshing to hear practical suggestions for how to engage with organisations to increase the impact of our research. We're looking forward to putting those suggestions into practice as we begin our research careers!"

Jeremy Garson
Legal Counsel and Operations Coordinator

In 2019 Jeremy invited us to lead a modified version of our "How to be Helpful" workshop, focusing especially on the obstacles to forming new working relationships with others who have diverse knowledge, such as potential new coalition partners. Here's what he shared afterwards:

"Adam was kind enough to do a podcast style presentation on "Obstacles to Forming New Working Relationships" for our member organizations. He was incredibly easy to work with as we prepared for the presentation, and he was personable and engaging throughout the presentation itself. We covered a lot of territory over the course of the presentation, but one lesson stood out above the rest -- it's one thing to know the obstacles and how to overcome them, and it's quite another to turn theory into practice. Adam shows how to do just that."

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."