McNary Group provides expert and experienced system change, policy, and leadership consulting services to organizations across the country that want to get results and achieve their goals. We specialize in working with organizations in the nonprofit sector, foundations, and other community organizations, but our unique skill set allows us to help clients across industries and situations.

We have studied several systems of evaluation, leadership, and facilitation that we incorporate into our work including:

  • Results Based Accountability
  • Collective Impact
  • Facilitative Leadership
  • Advocacy Evaluation

We are committed to the following principles and approaches

  • appreciative inquiry
  • collaborative evaluation
  • co-creation
  • equity evaluation principals
  • creative approaches
  • capacity building
  • empowerment

Policy and Advocacy Campaign Planning

Our expertise includes years of getting to the root causes of social problems. We have experience in designing and implementing public policy change initiatives. This includes sustaining, planning, researching, writing, coalition building and lobbying to get legislation and other policies changed to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. We know how government works and the approaches needed to advocate for change.

Backbone Support for System Change

Our work supports community collaboration in providing the structure and accountability needed to succeed. We provide the support needed to ensure implementation of strategic plans. Our team has extensive experience in collective impact work, from meeting planning and facilitation, project management, policy expertise and community engagement.

Research and Evaluation

We offer both qualitative and quantitative research services that involve meticulously researching best practices, getting out into the field to learn the nuances of an issue and  producing findings and professional recommendations. We’re skilled and experienced in drafting content for infographics, white papers and more, and we prepare easily digestible information for grant reports and grant development. Evaluation services include process and impact evaluation.

Community Engagement

We value empowered and informed decision making, inclusion of marginalized voices, space for storytelling about the history and experience of those involved, respect for community, trust building with all stakeholders, commitment to the promises made, access to the process for all, accurately depicting the public’s role, and reflecting back what we have heard. Our engagement process plans for the needs of the all of the stakeholders we engage, not just the ones with the power of the purse or the gavel. This approach creates an inclusive process which will ultimately lead to a strong, supported, sustainable community vision. Finally, we believe in great facilitation, which can be an overlooked yet essential feature to productive meetings. This means we will plan for translation or elimination of professional jargon / acronyms, build in a lot of listening, and proactively work through difficult subjects. We utilize many methods to bring voices to the conversation and are committed to cultural responsiveness, combating implicit bias and institutionalized racism, positive youth engagement, and a trauma informed approach.

Strategic Planning and Facilitation

Our strategy sessions can be geared toward boards, coalitions, committees, staff or communities. We understand that every organization, effort and initiative has a life cycle and needs to periodically evaluate ways to improve. We offer a neutral voice and an expert, observant eye to help propel organizations to success.