Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC was established in 2014 and provides professional consulting services around impact, research, and strategy that promote and support asset-based initiatives in economically burdened communities. We assist for- and non-profits that are dedicated to promoting self-determination, equity, and well-being. Sweet Grass is committed to participatory methods and has a combined 30+ years of experience in impact, research, and strategy.
Research: Community Studies, Needs Assessments, Market Assessments, Feasibility Studies, Survey and Research Design, Data Collection and Project Monitoring, Surveyor Training and Monitoring, Data Analysis and Reporting
Strategy: Organizational Strategic Consulting, Software Implementation and Customization, Processes and Procedures Enhancement, Meeting Facilitation, Training and Technical Assistance, Community Action Planning, Job Readiness Trainings, Program Manuals, Clients Maps, Workforce Development
Our involvement with impact, research, and strategy engages dialogue and action in a way that melds local knowledge, community action, and lessons learned to achieve community or organization defined goals. We view impact, research, and strategy as fluid processes based on shared values of respect, dignity, self-determination, and equity. Though based on a solid foundation, our work continues to evolve as new opportunities emerge, skills are enhanced, goals are achieved, and individuals, organizations, and communities change.
Knowing that everything is connected, we take a systems (holistic) approach to our work. Individuals, families, households, beliefs, ways of knowing, economies, environments, and governments influence our work and the work of our clients. Understanding how these elements interact and contribute to challenges and opportunities is necessary to promote positive change, preserve healthy traditions, and reach client goals.
The work described above allows Sweet Grass, as an outsider, to collaborate with locals in a meaningful way; by acknowledging and utilizing techniques to address underlying power dynamics that plague development efforts and welcome anyone interested to work together as participants in the process. In this way, each person has their own unique skill sets, ways of knowing, and roles of involvement.