How We Work

Our Approach

It all starts with a conversation. We’re always up to talk, even if you don’t have a fully-formed idea in mind right away or you’re not sure how best we can work together. There’s no sales pressure or push on our end to sign a contract: instead, we’ll have as many preliminary conversations as needed to understand the scope of the project and find a solution that works for you.

When it comes to pricing, our approach is simple: no surprises. Strong Roots Consulting works on a project-fee basis that takes into account what your organization needs done and the resources you have available for the work. Once we have a good understanding of the project scope, we’ll prepare a proposal that includes:

  • Detailed description of activities and deliverables
  • Timelines for project activities, deliverables, and payment (tied to dates or project milestones)
  • Set-fee project budget
  • Details spelled out, including for who is responsible for incidental expenses such as supplies, travel, venue rental for events, and subcontracting of any additional services.


How do we work with organizations? In short, we value being:


Although Strong Roots brings specific strengths and skills to a project, we definitely don’t come in with all the answers! We recognize that knowledge exists in everyone, both individually and collectively, so our processes are designed to encourage everyone to participate, share ideas and feedback, and work together towards a common goal.


Strong Roots is all about building the capacity for long-term success. We aim to take the mystery out of activities like evaluation and planning so that individuals and organizations can develop their own skills. In turn, we prefer to work with initiatives and groups that share a similar approach in strengthening people and their communities.


A prime consideration for any project is its potential for creating change. Part of the initial stages of working with your organization includes a discussion of the potential outcomes of the proposed activities and how such change will be sustained afterwards. Understanding that developments can be unpredictable and often lead to unexpected ideas and connections even in the midst of a project, Strong Roots can help you work through this complexity and best take advantage of new opportunities and challenges.