Thoughts, Perspectives & Ideas

Developing a New Website: It’s Not as Daunting as You Think

Here is a fact we all know to be true: technology is always changing. Did you just buy the latest iPhone? Don’t get attached–something newer and better is inevitably going to come along within the next six months. Websites are no exception to this ever-changing landscape. Websites we visit on a daily basis are constantly…

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QRIS Communications: Keep It Simple

QRIS is undeniably complex – and with reason! Quality rating and improvement systems assess, improve and communicate the quality of early childhood programs, and can be thought of as a framework for improving quality in the early learning system overall. However, this complexity makes it a very hard concept to explain to parents and providers,…


Social Media for Social Good

Just a couple of weeks after starting my job at VIVA last summer, I found myself standing outside on a sunny afternoon, holding a camera as two coworkers poured a bucket of ice water onto one of my colleague’s heads. Not usually a part of a typical workday, but it was the summer of 2014…


Spinning Out of Control? A Communications Strategy Can Help

By Laura Bowen   Sometimes communications work, especially for organizations focused on positive community change, can feel like being on a hamster wheel. Limited resources, limited time, and lots of demands means staff are constantly on the go, moving rapidly from one task to the next. This is often the case when an organization has…


Attention Grabbing: Unique Ways of Presenting Information

Here at VIVA, we’re always intrigued by articles and websites that present information in new or unique ways—especially when they use powerful visuals to present the information. After all, 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. There have been several unique articles and graphics that have caught our eye recently: Your Contribution to…


Wonk Talk

By Christina Bath Collosi     Do you remember how all adults spoke on Charlie Brown? “Wonk. Wonk. Wonk.” I increasingly find that wonk-talk has reached new heights in the circles of VIVA’s work. I can see lips moving but murky faces of others trying to decode the jargon. Boards of Directors are confused. Commissioners…