Our team comprises individuals who have worked in the philanthropic, social, public and private sectors. We are formally trained and educated in a variety of disciplines including communications, evaluation, sociology, epidemiology, public health, organizational development, finance and administration. Our client work has ranged from early care and education to homelessness from program evaluation to strategy formation and planning.
We have designed and facilitated workshops for groups in size from 5 to 100, domestic and international.
We are constantly expanding our learning and deepening our expertise.
What We Bring
- A sense of humor and honesty
- A comfort with ambiguity and complexity
- A mindset that acknowledges where you are while still pushing you to continue to evolve
- A belief that you have data in-house that can become more meaningful information
- Over 30+ years of combined experience across sectors, disciplines and fields
- An understanding of how adults learn and organizations and networks change
What Informs Our Approach
We are influenced by many different things including culture, context, organizational development theory, critical thinking, network theory, and adult learning principles. But what is most important is what makes us different.
We Employ Evaluative Thinking
"a type of reflective practice that uses evaluation skills in areas other than programs and initiatives, such as human resources, technology, and fund development. It is an approach that fully integrates systematic questioning, data collection and analysis, and action into an organization’s work practice."
Evaluative thinking connects the purpose of organizational learning (Senge 1990) to impact and performance. When evaluative thinking becomes a way of doing business, people throughout an organization gain clarity on the relationship between impact and strategy. They better understand what data they do and do not need to make decisions, rather than making decisions driven by gut or by external models. They are able to make better choices about who to partner with, and identify what information they need to know how well these partnerships are working.
High performing organizations nurture a reality-testing, results-driven, learning-focused organizational culture. High performing organizations make evaluative thinking a way of doing business. (Patton, 2013)