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A force for good

Get results — not just reports

You’re here because you value informed analysis and thoughtful discussion. We partner with people and organizations who want to make lasting change that creates the greatest good. It feels different to work with us because we bring a fresh perspective, mutual trust, and infectious energy to every project.

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Make an impact

You value the science and art of thoughtful analysis. So do we. Using reliable research methods, our consultants gather data and information through tactics like interviews, focus groups, surveys, and secondary research to unearth and illuminate information to aid decision making and advance your work. We skillfully evaluate issues, policies, and programs using inclusive and research‐​based approaches. Our abiding commitment to objectivity makes us relentless in our quest for certainty and clarity. A deep understanding of the issues you face, the populations you serve, and the stakeholders to whom you are accountable allows us to artfully communicate any insights we uncover.

It can be tough to make decisions and implement new policies when the outcome will affect your stakeholders, whose interests and opinions vary, sometimes greatly. We understand the challenges of coming to agreement to advance action and the strategy needed to get there. Our experienced consultants facilitate engaging conversations to draw input from everyone who’s part of the conversation — whether they’re a concerned resident or a subject matter expert. We bring everyone together around possible solutions, informed by data and trends that matter most to your work, and create the greatest good. This inclusive approach leads to solid decisions and sustainable alignment.

We see problems and pursue solutions. Our team provides deep policy expertise and bold perspectives to help you examine issues and implement a clear path forward. We offer strategy to navigate policy decisions and guide projects and programs from conception to completion. By asking hard questions and making direct observations, we facilitate practical solutions to your toughest challenges. Together, we break down complexities, define measurable milestones, and move steadily to execute and achieve your goals.

You know that the best approach for today’s challenges is rarely the most familiar. We work seamlessly across subject areas, drawing on our collective expertise to offer a wide‐​angle view of whatever difficulties you’re facing so you can thoroughly evaluate existing systems and uncover fresh solutions. Through a skillful combination of qualitative and quantitative research, comparing outcomes to goals, and consistent performance tracking, we demonstrate how systems are working — or not working. We will help you redefine what’s possible, give shape to the future, and implement processes that create more effective systems.

After you put in the hard work of finding agreement, solving problems, improving systems, or creating good policy — or maybe all the above — it’s time to let the rubber meet the road. We can help you communicate with your audience to drive action in powerful ways and amplify the outcomes of your work. We are your partner in facilitating coalition building and generating public awareness to produce positive change. Whatever it takes, we will help you connect to your audience and strengthen your message to communicate results.

Make an impact

You value the science and art of thoughtful analysis. So do we. Using reliable research methods, our consultants gather data and information through tactics like interviews, focus groups, surveys, and secondary research to unearth and illuminate information to aid decision making and advance your work. We skillfully evaluate issues, policies, and programs using inclusive and research‐​based approaches. Our abiding commitment to objectivity makes us relentless in our quest for certainty and clarity. A deep understanding of the issues you face, the populations you serve, and the stakeholders to whom you are accountable allows us to artfully communicate any insights we uncover.

It can be tough to make decisions and implement new policies when the outcome will affect your stakeholders, whose interests and opinions vary, sometimes greatly. We understand the challenges of coming to agreement to advance action and the strategy needed to get there. Our experienced consultants facilitate engaging conversations to draw input from everyone who’s part of the conversation — whether they’re a concerned resident or a subject matter expert. We bring everyone together around possible solutions, informed by data and trends that matter most to your work, and create the greatest good. This inclusive approach leads to solid decisions and sustainable alignment.

We see problems and pursue solutions. Our team provides deep policy expertise and bold perspectives to help you examine issues and implement a clear path forward. We offer strategy to navigate policy decisions and guide projects and programs from conception to completion. By asking hard questions and making direct observations, we facilitate practical solutions to your toughest challenges. Together, we break down complexities, define measurable milestones, and move steadily to execute and achieve your goals.

You know that the best approach for today’s challenges is rarely the most familiar. We work seamlessly across subject areas, drawing on our collective expertise to offer a wide‐​angle view of whatever difficulties you’re facing so you can thoroughly evaluate existing systems and uncover fresh solutions. Through a skillful combination of qualitative and quantitative research, comparing outcomes to goals, and consistent performance tracking, we demonstrate how systems are working — or not working. We will help you redefine what’s possible, give shape to the future, and implement processes that create more effective systems.

After you put in the hard work of finding agreement, solving problems, improving systems, or creating good policy — or maybe all the above — it’s time to let the rubber meet the road. We can help you communicate with your audience to drive action in powerful ways and amplify the outcomes of your work. We are your partner in facilitating coalition building and generating public awareness to produce positive change. Whatever it takes, we will help you connect to your audience and strengthen your message to communicate results.

How can we help you?

Research

To get a full grasp on the challenges you face, you need impartial research that is thorough, thoughtful, and rigorous. Our ability to collect, analyze, and interpret information helps you better understand complex issues, make informed decisions, and develop effective strategies for making change. The research results may not always tell you what you want to hear, but we’ll give you the best information and analysis available so you can make the best possible decisions. We let the data — not opinions or anecdotes — inform the outcome.

Evaluation

If you really want to figure out what is and isn’t working for your organization, programs, or initiatives, you need a systematic, unbiased assessment that gets under the hood. With reliable intel from interviews, focus groups, and surveys, we work with you to sort through the results and figure out how to move forward. We help you crystalize your objectives, determine strategies, and identify how to expand positive impacts. We strongly believe in engaging a diverse mix of people in this process and deeply value inclusion at every step. We take the time to learn about the issues you struggle with, the environments you work in, the populations you serve, and the funders who hold you accountable.

Facilitation

You likely already know that one of the most effective ways to shape policy decisions is to demonstrate that a significant number of people with diverse perspectives agree on the best path forward. We understand that finding common ground can be delicate work. Our emphasis on collaboration, trust, and tolerance for diverging opinions helps you focus on finding untapped opportunities. Using proven processes to take in numerous inputs and lived experience, then expertly challenge assumptions, we build an inclusive environment to authentically engage people of all walks of life and land on real‐​world solutions for your toughest challenges.

Strategy

Your strategy should evolve over time as you learn more about the issues you’re confronting. We know that navigating uncertainty and mobilizing for change requires a solid plan with sound advice and clear direction.  Our strategic guidance enables you to make practical decisions within context. In some cases, we may draw on our diverse networks and deep roots in government and public affairs. In other cases, we work with you to develop and refine policy recommendations to advance your goals. We advise boards and task forces on how to strike the right balance between strategic direction and effective action. We counsel organizations and coalitions on defining value, grappling with policy issues, and working together to make progress.

Implementation

Sometimes you simply need an extra hand to guide an initiative or program as it goes out into the world. When you work with us, you benefit from our full suite of services, including our exceptional operational and management expertise. We blend our content knowledge with our process planning know‐​how to help you turn sound research into highly effective initiatives. Our services go beyond conventional consulting by supporting program operations. We work with you to build capacity, design valuable systems, and grow good ideas into successful outcomes.

Communication

It’s not just what you’re saying — it’s how you’re saying it and who’s hearing it that really resonates. We can show you how to amplify project outcomes using innovative methods and tried‐​and‐​true tactics. Our editorial staff reviews every piece of content we produce to make sure your communications are articulate and accurate. Our designers make anything in print or pixels look polished and professional. With longstanding relationships in government, public affairs, and the media, we can help connect you and your message to policymakers and thinkers.

Sectors

We work with organizations and companies across private, public, and social sectors to design and define good public policy that is inclusive and actionable. Together, we achieve remarkable results.

Government

Nonprofit

Associations

Multistakeholder initiatives

Regulated industry

Philanthropy

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