Have you ever spent time and money to engage someone to facilitate a strategic plan, only to end up with a beautiful document that doesn't really provide you with guidance about how to move forward? We specialize in using Technology of Particpiation methods to facilitate the development of inclusive, participative, and actionable strategic plans. Click here to learn more.
Effective coalitions and collaboratives bring together professionals and those who control resources with community members to address an issue and create systems change. To learn more about how we can help you to start a new collaborative or strengthen an existing one, click here.
We offer participative evaluation and needs assessment services for programs and initiatives of any size or type. When we need to, we partner with other evaluators to ensure we have the right team size and composition to effectively complete every project we do. To learn more about our evaluation and needs assessment services, click here.
Hiring consultants can get expensive, and we get that not every organization can afford to hire evaluators or consultants to do ongoing work. We provide training and coaching services to strengthen organizations' ability to do these things for themselves. To learn more about available training and coaching services officered, click here.
Grant related services include helping you to develop and clearly define your program and evaluation; planning and preparing the evaluation section for your proposal; and providing evaluation services for new or existing grant funded projects. To learn more about how we might help with your grant application or grant funded project, click here.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our services, please click below to set up an appointment to talk about how our services can meet your needs.
Susan Wolfe and Associates can work with your organization or coalition to develop a strategic plan that is comprehensive, clearly conveys your organization's intentions, is results-oriented, and designed to guide you to action. I use the Technology of Participation (ToP) structured process to engage all interested parties to fully participate and contribute to your plan. The ToP process is inclusive, promotes teamwork and collaboration, draws on individual and group creativity, promotes action and ownership of the plan, and engages participants in reflection and learning to confirm their resolve and allow participants to fully appreciate the value of the plan they create.
The process begins with getting to know your organization or coalition. The next steps are to gather all the information that will be needed to guide and support participants during the process, such as data and potential internal and external challenges and facilitators. After all information is in, I will facilitate a series inclusive sessions designed to develop your plan. After all of this is completed, I'll provide a comprehensive packet that includes background information, your plan, and metrics and an evaluation plan to provide valuable feedback and help your organization to monitor progress.
Creating lasting and effective change requires collaboration. Effective coalitions and collaboratives bring together professionals and those who control resources with community members who are experiencing the issue that needs to be addressed. While programs are helpful to change individuals and provide relief, real change requires changing the systems that underlie the problem.
We can support your coalition or collaborative to:
We offer evaluation services for programs and initiatives of any size or type. One of our strengths is that we have a number of collaborators to call on to expand our team or add specific evaluation or content expertise or knowledge. Evaluation projects we have completed range from a single program for a small organization to a large-scale, multi-site, complex, national systems change initiative.
Evaluation services include:
We offer needs assessment services for truly participative, collaborative needs assessments. We collaborate with needs assessment teams (including community members) to develop the scope of the project, design the data collection protocols and tools, gather data, conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses and synthesize results, and prepare reports that are designed to be used. We are skilled with all types of data collection processes such as surveys, focus groups, appreciative inquiry, facilitated discussions, community listening sessions, key informant interviews, and using existing quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources. Some needs assessments we have partnered to complete are:
Hiring consultants can get expensive, and we get that not every organization can afford to hire evaluators or consultants to do ongoing work. We provide training and coaching services to strengthen organizations' ability to do these things for themselves. We will work with your needs and budget to provide customized training to fit both. All of our training is designed to be interactive and hands on with minimal or no lectures. Some training we offer is described below.
We provide customized evaluation training to suit your organization's specific needs. We can offer a short course or coaching to train and prepare your staff to collect, analyze, and report data for a specific project or we can deliver a more intensive boot camp to prepare your staff to engage in evaluation from start (theory of change and logic models) to finish (analysis and reporting).
If you find it difficult to share data with non-data oriented folks, we can provide you with training that will make data sharing engaging and fun. We can help you and your staff to learn new ways to engage their audiences to discuss and use data for planning and evaluation.
We provide customized training to coalition leaders and members to build new or strengthen existing coalitions. W have comprehensive two-day training programs that include everything from engaging community to reporting evaluation results. We also offer shorter, customized training to meet a special need, such as how to bring in more members or how to use data.
Drawing on years of experience and lessons shared in our new Guidebook to Community Consulting (I wrote this with Dr. Ann Price), we provide customized training to organizations on how to effectively engage with community members.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare a successful grant application is to make sure your program description is clear and designed to meet the needs that were described. We can help you to prepare a clear program description and refine your program processes using tools such as Theory of Change, process mapping, and evaluation planning tools.
Most grant applications require some type of evaluation plan. For large applications, a bad plan will lose you valuable points when your application is scored. We can help you to prepare an evaluation for your proposed project ranging from a simple process and outcome evaluation using quasi-experimental methods, to a more sophisticated random controlled trial design.
Some proposals require that you have an evaluator on board and share their information. We are happy to partner with you to prepare the grant proposal and then to serve as your evaluator for the project.
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