At North Sky, we employ an array of qualitative and quantitative techniques to help our clients develop and deliver impactful policies and programs.

Our approach is customized according to the needs of our clients. From our methods to the presentation of our findings, we are guided by your project-specific objectives and organization-wide philosophy. We work with you to produce the information you need to achieve the results you want.    

ASSESSMENT

Understanding where you’re starting from helps you get to where you want to go.

Gaining a solid understanding of the current status of your organization and/or project is a crucial step in planning, implementing, and evaluating new initiatives. Using a variety of tools, North Sky can provide a detailed assessment that helps you clearly understand the current landscape of an existing or planned program. 

      This assessment serves multiple purposes:
  • It reveals areas of strength and those open to improvement within existing programs and processes;
  • It provides insight into the kinds of initiatives that will yield the best results, which better enables you to design strong         and meaningful projects;
  • It offers a strong justification for funding requests; and,
  • It serves as a valuable baseline against which the success of future projects can be measured.   

PLANNING

Get your projects off to a strong start with thorough and thoughtful planning.

North Sky can assist your organization in developing goals and projects, then help you prioritize strategies to make them a reality. We offer a range of services to ensure your project has solid footing at the outset, dramatically increasing your chances of success. These services include meeting facilitation, coalition development, data collection and analysis, and presentation, among others. Our ongoing coaching helps give shape to a project as it moves through the planning process.

We are committed to working collaboratively with our clients throughout the planning phase to ensure that their needs are being met. Our goal is to help create a project that is both useful and feasible.

EVALUATION

Ensure you’re getting the results you want.

Your organization initiates projects and programs with intended goals – but how can you be sure these are actually being met? North Sky can give you the answers you need. We evaluate your project using a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and case studies. Collectively, these tools help to illuminate strengths as well as potential areas of improvement, and also help you meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of your funder. We will work with you to develop the most appropriate and effective format for communicating your results. Evaluation can yield an array of benefits, such as increased efficiency, informed decision making, and empowered stakeholders.

North Sky’s thorough evaluation will arm you with the information you need to improve program quality and outcomes, ultimately making your project (and organization) as successful as possible.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE / GRANTMAKING SUPPORT

Your organization is strengthened by the projects you fund.

Many public and private organizations in the health and human services fields offer significant funding opportunities for individuals, groups, and communities. However, these opportunities can only translate into meaningful change if they are approached and leveraged in a thoughtful and strategic manner. In order to make sure funds contribute to successful grantee-led initiatives, funding organizations may seek an outside perspective to inform their design and occasionally provide resources to grant applicants. 

North Sky can serve as such a resource. Working on behalf of the funding organization, we can help strengthen the pool of applicants by offering technical assistance, including helping applicants to interpret data and facilitating the development of strategies.  The end result is the submission of strong and viable proposals from which the organization can choose – the key to ensuring success for both the grantor and grantee.    

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS CHANGE SUPPORT

Innovation only happens when ideas are transformed into practice.

New ideas and models to improve health care systems by connecting to the community are always being developed, but transforming them into practice requires thoughtful planning. North Sky will keep you on the cutting-edge by identifying innovations in community health improvement strategies that are aligned with your organizational goals. Grounded in evidence-based approaches, we’ll help you determine how best to make progress toward the Triple Aim of improving population health, patient experience, and cost of care.