Strategy Matters, LLC consultants work with mission-driven organizations to develop creative solutions to complex problems, and to help them meet their goals.
HELPING THOSE WHO
DO GREAT WORK
DO IT BETTER
CREATING SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUR WORK
From idea generation to implementation, our consultants guide our clients through the stages of program development including communication strategies, project management, assessment, and budgeting.
Our consultants hone research questions, conduct comprehensive literature reviews, and engage in inquiries using interviews, focus-groups, surveys, and data analysis. We are capable of quick, focused question-answering and more engaged, multi-methods exploration that strengthens your organization’s strategic thinking.
Succession planning is a necessary component of an organization’s leadership planning. Our consultants can proactively facilitate a staff-board plan that builds leadership, documents knowledge, and positions your organization for long-term success and sustainability. Our model is flexible and can be adapted to your timeframes.
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Context: Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nationally recognized place-based nonprofit, operating the nation's largest urban land trust and catalyzing resident-led community revitalization. DSNI contracted Strategy Matters to coordinate the drafting of their application for a 2010 Promise Neighborhood Initiative Planning grant. Once submitted, DSNI learned that their application was among the top ranked in the country, and the award was granted.
Approach: Working collaboratively with DSNI resident leaders, two Executive Directors and the entire staff, our writers worked with DSNI on this first big project and many more. Supporting resource development functions in lieu of a Director of Resource Development, our team had a role in most of the organization's fundraising and grant development, stewardship and more between 2008 and 2015.
Result: During the time of their work with Strategy Matters, the DSNI team increased the organization's budget from under $1M to $4M annually, winning three new federal grants as well as grants from the Ford Foundation, Surdna, Kresge and others.
GROW YOUR ORGANIZATIONS' SCALE AND IMPACT
Our consultants provide a wide range of services from one-time, short-notice grant-writing services to interim staffing capacity to ensure day-to-day operations continue as you develop a plan for permanent staffing and sustainability.
TRAINING DESIGN & DELIVERY
Experienced curriculum developers and dynamic facilitators, Strategy Matters consultants custom design highly interactive training based on your team’s needs.
CONSULTATION & COACHING
Use our team to help your team to solve organizational challenges and adapt to changing contexts.
The McCormack Institute and The Trotter Institute
Context: : The McCormack Institute and The Trotter Institute wanted to develop an education/training program in leadership and management for the Haitian National Assembly, They contracted us to support program development, partnership facilitation and develop an initial proposal for funding.
Approach: Our consultant team worked with the planning team to develop a deep understanding of the problems the project intended to address, and to work out a logic model as the backbone for the proposal. Using that architecture, we organized the activities, workplan and budget for the development of a new institute to be launched in Port-Au-Prince, nested within Université d'Etat d'Haïti.
Result: The plan earned the support of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network, and the plan development was utilized in several other projects directed at similar and aligned goals.
Client Comments: “[Our Strategy Matters consultant team] not only made the process painless and ultra professional but also managed to make it a meeting that I looked forward to every time we convened. With this (project), the Trotter Institute, the McCormack School, and UMass/Boston have taken a big step forward!" Barbara Lewis, Director, The Trotter Institute
CLARIFYING AND MOVING INTO YOUR ORGANIZATION'S FUTURE
Our consultants work with you to design an engaging, efficient, and practical process. These processes result in useable strategies and high-impact tactics. Our consultants can continue to support you through implementation to keep work on-time, on-budget.
MEETING DESIGN & FACILITATION
Strategy Matters consultants design and facilitate meetings, retreats, and community engagement processes using multiple methodologies tailored to your organization’s needs. Our consultants specialize in turning difficult conversations into mutually beneficial action.
PLANNING & WRITING
Strategy Matters consultants align your message to your mission. Consultants write informative and media-friendly copy for newsletters, direct mail programs, email campaigns, websites, blogs, case studies, and internal communications.
Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice
Context: Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice convened The Committee to Promote Discussion on Race and Traffic Stops. The Committee, itself with a high degree of conflict, needed to identify the best ways to hold local conversations about racial disparities in traffic stop data.
Approach: Strategy Matters consultants designed and facilitated a tailored approach to support The Committee. In order to confront the challenging question of how to use race/ethnicity data from traffic stops, we first build trust across the Committee members and then led a trustworthy process to keep the group moving forward productively.
Result: The direct result was a useable report backed by the Committee’s diverse participants. This guidebook was distributed to municipal officials to support data-informed conversations with community members at the local level.
Client Comments: "Liz O'Connor is a true professional. She is unusually intelligent and is great at helping groups arrive at consensus. People appreciate Liz's ability to help move a conversation through difficult issues to a conclusion that all agree is better than they could have developed on their own." Jack McDevitt, Director, Institute on Race and Justice.