We also offer a suite of specialized civic products that reflect our understanding of, and our passion for improving, civic institutions. Our products will deliver better information about targeted public and nonprofit entities, and make it easy for our clients to use that information. Those products are outlined below.
Based on our extensive knowledge of state and local government, and nonprofit organizations, we offer a series of specialized data tools. These data maps help decision-makers at all levels find, mine and use data to assess and improve the performance of their entities, be they state agencies, cities, counties, school districts, special districts or nonprofits.
Our lead product is Compass, a performance dashboard template that provides any executive, board or legislative body a simple, consistent and reliable chart of an entity’s past fiscal and operational performance, and future targets. We can tailor the dashboard to any form of government, including states, counties, cities and school districts, and most types of nonprofit organizations. We also offer community foundations and other civic leadership networks custom community indicator dashboards for tracking and assessing the vitality, competitiveness or sustainability of their communities.
In addition, we design, develop and implement data navigation tools for our clients, and train them on using the tools. For example, we help our clients develop data visualization tables for organizing and displaying performance data, identifying significant data patterns and resolving multi-dimensional analytical queries. These tables enable our clients to automatically aggregate and sort complicated operational and fiscal data about their organizations and programs. They automatically create cross-tabulations, highlight noteworthy patterns and graphically display the results in visually-compelling tables. And they give our clients the interactive ability to drag and modify data displays, a powerful tool for seeing operations in new and illuminating ways.
We provide an integrated toolkit of products and services for civic-minded candidates for executive offices (e.g., governors, county executives and mayors in strong mayor form cities), as well as legislative candidates. For every client, we furnish an easy-to-use set of tools, including those in the table below.
Summary of Governance Transition Toolkit
Transition Planning Services
Transition Systems & Tools
During the pre-election and post-election executive planning and transition processes, our management advisory service outlines entity-wide issues and strategies, encompassing planning, budgeting, contracting, technology, personnel and communications. As a result, before taking office, new officials will have a baseline for tracking progress, an action plan for restoring fiscal health and an agenda for making services more cost-effective.
We design and build messaging systems to help advocacy groups garner support for their respective endeavors. For selected clients, we will develop a unifying platform for weaving together values, messages and recommended policy actions. Each messaging portal will furnish compelling stories for framing the client’s values and messages, and emotionally reinforcing the need for its agenda. It also will entail an efficient infrastructure for distributing messages, including an automated system for linking and updating framework content.
Ultimately, the proposed system will furnish the intellectual nexus for each client’s brand, values, messages and actions. It will provide a collaborative, structured and disciplined process for mobilizing client volunteers and partners. It will equip the client’s messengers with the information they need to engage potential supporters, and broaden public support for the client’s agenda. And, it will galvanize efforts to build donor networks, raise funds and recruit new leaders and advocates.
Civic Engagement Platform