What Our Partners Say

We value collaboration because we believe in the power of collective knowledge and action to advance equity and dismantle systems of oppression. This means that we prefer to work in partnership with others rather than work alone, including both those who may be traditionally referred to as clients (we prefer the language “partner”), fellow consultants, and other practitioners. 

During our two-year partnership, I came to truly admire Dr. Rios for her professional qualitative expertise, and for her passionate commitment to non-profit and public-sector missions. Our work together on a federal evaluation consulting project focused on the grassroots impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). As our evaluation lead, the outstanding interview protocols she created, the critical data analysis she conducted, and the superb report she authored were the very core and substance of the project. Dr. Rios gained the trust and respect of her CDC funder clients in the Prevention Evaluation Branch (who were strong task monitors every step of the way), and she gained the trust of the dozens of health department and community-based executives she interviewed to obtain their perspectives on NHAS. Having worked many years as a CDC contractor myself, and as a member of the HIV community, I can tell you that was no easy feat! In spite of the decades difference in our ages and experience, Dr. Rios was in every respect a peer. She taught me the phrase, “cultural humility.” I use it to this day in my presentations. I was humbled by how gentle she was in teaching me something so important and so transformative. I have worked with many evaluators and many evaluation firms over the years. If given the chance, I would be thrilled to engage or employ Dr. Aisha Rios. I urge you to do so.

Jesse Milan, Jr., JD

President & CEO

AIDS United

How can I sum up my thoughts about Dr. Aisha Rios? Professional, knowledgeable, passionate, data-driven, empathetic, detail-oriented, and easy to talk to and work with. I worked with Dr. Rios for 2 1/2 years across several government consulting evaluation projects. As a senior evaluation lead on my team, she was integral to the strategies and efforts in shaping and writing proposals, designing and implementing evaluation plans, collaborating with clients, conducting complex data analysis (complete with analytical memos), reporting and disseminating information and actionable recommendations, and mentoring junior level public health staff. Dr. Rios was often the go-to monitoring and evaluation resource for the team and the company. I had not had the pleasure of working with an anthropology-trained evaluation specialist before, and it is now my preference. The lens with which Dr. Rios views and executes her work incorporates a broad understanding of the many different aspects of the human experience. Dr. Rios’ style and methods have been adopted by several of our federal clients for their continued projects. I look forward to working with her again soon on more impactful projects. I encourage you to do the same!

Erika Copeland, PhD, MPH, MBA

Director, Corporate Strategy, Growth, and Operations

Williams Consulting, LLC

Working with Aisha Rios was very rewarding experience. She assisted our team in evaluating complex national level HIV prevention initiatives and their impact on various public health organizations. She played an instrumental role in ensuring that evaluation project we were planning on, encompassed health equity aspects, and that key voices from the field were heard. As an anthropologist, she was very reflective during the field interviews and the data analysis process, which reflected in the success of the project. Our team is now using similar approach for other evaluation studies.

Ekaterine Shapatava

Health Scientist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

I had the pleasure of working with Aisha and receiving her insightful high quality evaluation reports for a critical two year project that helped design, strengthen and implement workflow strategies within our small but highly specialized mental health clinic for older adults and their caregivers. Aisha’s reflective, participatory and non-biased analytical expertise was a significant component of her evaluation process. It unequivocally aided our efforts in altering the standard of practice for delivering capacity assessments to vulnerable high risk seniors to be more aligned with the national standard, thus better serving local agencies and clients in need. Our work with Aisha helped to broaden our visibility and strengthen our multi-disciplined community partnerships with social service, legal service and other health care providers. Given this evaluator’s technical skills and interest in health equity and other social justice issues, I would not hesitate to enlist the services of Coactive Change.

Lori Rossi

Project Director

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Aging Center

My experiences in working with Aisha in planning and executing a state-wide process evaluation for the Aging Mastery Program® have been wonderful. Aisha brings her expertise and insights to develop a thoughtful evaluation plan. The reports she prepares are crisp, clear, and useful. Also, Aisha’s professionalism and dedication to work is refreshing and truly inspiring. I’m happy to recommend the services of Coactive Change.

Hayoung Kye

Senior Program Manager, Project Management and Evaluation

Aging Mastery Program at the National Council on Aging

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