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S.T.A.R.T. Process™

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Strategy, Capacity & Management Problems Rarely Fix Themselves

Common Ground’s S.T.A.R.T. (Strategy, Action & Results)™ methodology is grounded in an appreciative inquiry approach. We explore what gives life to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable. Our engagements begin by building consensus around expectations and a clear scope of work, followed by a comprehensive review of key historical documents (strategic plans, financial documents, evaluation data, audits, etc.). This Discovery Sprint is followed by a Discuss & Debate phase, a Design Sprint, a Development phase, and Delivery.

“In its broadest focus, appreciative inquiry involves the systematic discovery of what gives ‘life’ to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. Appreciative inquiry involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.”

Throughout this process, we maintain a focus on the outcomes necessary for the work to achieve powerful results and positive impact. We actively engage with the project team, partners, and stakeholders, often opening their minds to more efficient and impactful strategies. We shoulder the responsibility for building the high-touch, high-trust relationships necessary to achieve real and lasting change.


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