What Our Client Partners Say

 
Talking about Jara and her team as ‘evaluators’ is really limited language. They are a learning partner, a thinking partner.”
— Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, founding executive director, RYSE Youth Center
 
 
Thanks to our work with jdcPartnerships, we are very proud of the fact that we now question how we can do things more effectively and have a bigger impact. Each of us now thinks more carefully about how we put programs together.”
— Raquel Donoso, executive director, Latino Community Foundation
 
 
They have been instrumental in helping both our commissioners and our funded partners understand, appreciate and actually use evaluative inquiry and concepts to do and improve their work. That is a huge, huge accomplishment. We now have evaluation frameworks and tools that tell us not just how many people walked through the door, but what happened to them, how we affected their lives.”
— Amy Reisch, executive director, First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission
 
 
The foundation of social justice that underlies jdcPartnership’s work resonates with our own organizational values. As much as evaluative inquiry, it is appreciative inquiry. That approach allows us to inquire more deeply into our processes and evaluate what is working and how to do things that resonate with our values.”
— Rachel Matillano, executive director, APPEAL, (Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership)
 
 
jdcPartnerships has brought critical and reflective inquiry to our leadership. That has connected us to a different way of looking at our work, our processes, ourselves, and our community partners, leading us to increased capacity and a deeper framing our goals.”
— Rachel Matillano, executive director, APPEAL (Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership)
 
 
Working with jdcPartnerships means being treated with integrity, trust, and respect for where people are coming from.”
— Nicole Taylor, former CEO and president, East Bay Community Foundation (currently president and CEO, Thrive Foundation for Youth)
 
 
jdcPartnership’s leadership in evaluation, especially around the way evaluation is and should be practiced in vulnerable communities and communities of color, is what is needed in our sector.”
— Tom Kelly, former vice president, Evaluation and Knowledge, Annie E. Casey Foundation (currently vice president, Hawaii Community Foundation)
 
 
jdcPartnerships staff are knowledgeable about trends in the field and bring that information to the table to help us make more informed decisions about designing and evaluating programs.”
— Kimberley Aceves, founding executive director, RYSE
 
 
Access and equity are part of the framework for the work we do and they are integrated into the work we do with jdcPartnerships. They are a great ‘think partner,’ taking us deeper into those concepts.”
— Raquel Donoso, executive director, Latino Community Foundation
 
 
The thoughtfulness behind the process really made a difference. We can articulate why we do our work and our ‘value add,‘ thanks to jdcPartnerships.”
— Adriana Rocha, practice director, CompassPoint
 
 
Creative, supportive, fair, socially engaged, flexible, rigorous, and entrepreneurial are the values that come to mind when I think about jdcPartnerships.
— Ann Wettrich, former interim executive director, MOCHA (currently arts education management consultant and professor
 
 
For the first time in 13 years, we now have an organizational development plan, thanks to jdcPartnerships. It addresses behavior and expectations; it assigns ownership for culture change throughout the organization in a very deliberate way. Having an actionable plan is huge.”
— Nicole Taylor, former CEO and president, East Bay Community Foundation (currently president and CEO, Thrive Foundation for Youth)
 
 
They are refreshingly transparent and incredibly flexible in their approach. Over time, jdcPartnerships has adjusted its relationship to our work in real time, and has stepped in more deeply or pulled back as needed.”
— Kimberley Aceves, founding executive director, RYSE