Practical Research Methods & Decision Making

At times organizations stay away from research because they think it is cumbersome and takes time. As a result organizations can rely on opinions and assumptions to make important decisions.

This workshop focuses on informing decisions based on facts and data (stories as well as numbers) over assumptions and opinions. You will learn about a range of participatory methods that can be used in-person and remotely to uncover insights and understand your participants, donors, employees or stakeholders.

Research and developing a culture of learning makes decision making easier and helps organizations make intentional investments.

  • Alfredo is an advisor to Moxie, action-researcher, author and designer/facilitator of organizational change processes, working in international and local development contexts for the last 18 years. Alfredo is co-author of Action Research published by Sage. He is an associate Professor in the PhD Program in the Dreeben School of Education at University of the Incarnate Word and part-time faculty at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), focusing on Nonprofit Management and Social Change.

  • Started Ideas with Moxie to further ideas that matter to communities and non-profits using service design and action research methods. Catherine works with teams to understand what matters to their participants through research, co-design and facilitation. Prior, Catherine co-led and scaled an award-winning design thinking & entrepreneurship program for Middlebury College and worked on the startup and investment side of entrepreneurship.