The initial phase where we collaboratively define the nature and purpose of our work with potential partners. In this phase, we explore the issue to be addressed and solicit representation from key community stakeholders who both influence and experience the issue. We promote equal and active participation by collectively establishing guidelines and expectations for the scope of the project. This includes clarifying our expertise and role as guides and the roles of partners as drivers to ensure that results and products are meaningful, usable, and actionable for communities.
The design phase where we use a community-based participatory approach to determine a course of action that defines the problem and generates, prioritizes, and evaluates solutions. Through co-designed evaluation research, we aid in the selection and development of community-based interventions, monitor fidelity of implementation, and assess potential impact.
The action phase where we equip our partners with evaluation findings to guide ongoing, data-informed problem solving and decision making. By engaging stakeholders using the empowerment principles of inclusion and democratic participation, individuals and organizations are better able to gather, share, interpret, and utilize data, establishing collaborative data practices for self-evaluation.
The transitional phase where stakeholders begin to use the established processes to conduct, evaluate, and communicate their own work. We support an iterative process of research, reflection, and action that builds collective capacity for organizational and community level change.
The final phase where stakeholders are independently sustaining and evaluating their continuing work. Individuals and organizations are able to use their enhanced capacities and skills in transformative ways that create new opportunities and solutions for their communities.