As an independent consultant, my priority is to provide you with the right mix of services to help you and your team meet succeed. Reach out for a complementary 30 minute discussion to find out if I might be a good fit for you and your team.
Program design incorporates a holistic approach to understanding needs and goals, current practices, available resources and putting together a reasonable series of interventions (consultation, training, strategic communications, etc.) to meet those goals. Unlike a single intervention, program design seeks to create systemic and long-term change by embedding new programs and practices into an organization or community.
Taking a walk through your community, your space is a great way to observe and learn more about what is working and what is not. Safe, healthy spaces support community cohesion. Walking, metaphorically, through past programs, organizational history, failures and successes can shed light on needed next steps. Walk Audits can include one or more affinity group. Training and coaching of staff embeds skills in your organization.
With experience designing and delivering training programs for 1,000s of participants (workshops, seminars, conferences, short-courses, study-tours) both in person and online, I help determine what the best approach would be for your training needs given your timeframe, budget, goals. Then independently, working with you, and/or subject matter experts prepare the training program.
In order to meet organizational or institutional goals, research and evaluation of existing context, systems, capacity, resources as well as leading practices is an important step. I specialize in qualitative research including focus groups, surveys, and structured interviews as well as analysis and compilation of applicable research.
An individual or team might need help with their strategy or work plan development, project implementation, or figuring out first or next steps. Partnering with you and/or your team, I provide coaching and facilitation services to move things forward. I can design a retreat, facilitate strategy sessions, meet a tight deadline short-term, or manage a program or team long-term.
Strategic communications are an important part of change management as well as day-to-day operations. I can provide analysis of current systems (web, written, social media, messaging). Documentation related to research and evaluation, training and facilitation, and program design include reports, case studies, guidelines, and instructional materials..
With well-defined needs clarified, I work with subject-matter experts to design and manage custom training. Adult learning and experiential, participatory sessions are at the core of my designs. Often training is a part of a mix of interventions. What are topics you are working on? Some completed training topics have included:
Energy Efficiency in the Water Sector
Business Skills for Women Entrepreneurs
Facilitation Skills for Qualitative Research
Financial Management for Local Government
Case Study Development
Program Budgeting for Local Government
Solid Waste Management
Governance Systems & Citizen Perspectives
Conferences are a great way to reach a bigger audience, but not all conferences are the same. Some lean toward celebratory events with a dose of marketing. Others, are more oriented to academic information sharing. While some are focused on facilitating and catalyzing actions and applications. I specialize on the latter, which might draw on some aspects of the other types but with a focus on learning for application resulting in steps toward a permanent culture shift.
If your team thinks a conference is in order, and wants to ensure efforts lead to applied learning, let's talk.
Nearly absent in research related to mobility options is consideration of the mix of walk/roll, bike, transit, and private car use individuals select, what physical and socio-cultural influences determine the selection, and their preferred travel mode. I developed the Mobility Pie to easily consider and facilitate straight forward discussions with city staff, residents, targeted age groups, etc. to shed light on the missing perspective of the multi-modal human. This exploration can be done in on-line or in person workshops. Or, I can work with your staff on program design and they implement.
Is your community interested in increasing the health and well-being of residents? Walk Audits are essential for better street design and decision-making for crossings. If people of all ages don't feel safe walking to nearby friends, shops, schools, etc., improvements need to be made.
City management, program delivery, and communicating with residents are complex, dynamic challenges all city staff face. I custom design programs to catalyze transformational practices through analysis, skill development, shared experiences, and applied learning..