Portfolio Case Studies

Louisiana Rebuilding Lives Coalition

The Rebuilding Lives Coalition (and the Unified New Orleans Plan) is an exemplar of Round River Consulting’s ability to powerfully engage a wide range of constituent groups in a way that positively impacts thousands of lives. Following Hurricane Katrina, AmericaSpeaks (AS) managed and produced two 21st Century Town Hall Meetings, held simultaneously in 5 diaspora cities, to develop priorities for the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP). As a result, thousands of voices that would not have been represented in meetings held in New Orleans were included in plans submitted to the federal government to rebuild the city. Residents sustained their efforts to engage hundreds of people to attend hearings to support the plan. Read more...

Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority

Round River Consulting LLC, (RRC) was retained by the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (The Authority) to design a strategic planning process that engaged board members, staff, stakeholders and the community. Prior to this strategic planning process, The Authority had focused exclusively on developing plans to meet Ohio EPA recycling goals. The Round River Consulting team worked with board and staff members to shape a larger more comprehensive vision and mission that positioned the Authority to be a leader in integrated waste management. Read more...

University Park Alliance

Round River Consulting is designing and managing a community engagement project to assist University Park Alliance (UPA), a community development corporation in Akron, Ohio to create an “Empowered Urban Social & Economic Infrastructure” within a 50 block area of the central city. The strategy is designed to build upon existing strengths by identifying and utilizing human and physical assets and positioning neighborhood groups, faith communities, social service agencies, and small businesses to work collaboratively to leverage those assets. Read more...

Other Projects

  • America Speaks

    Washington, DC

    America Speaks

    Washington, DC
    Since 2007, Round River Consulting (RRC) staff has served as Senior Associates with AmericaSpeaks, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on deliberative democracy and community engagement. Responsibilities have included site management, leading national and local outreach strategies, facilitator recruitment and training, meeting design and production, and project management. Key projects have included: Our Budget: Our Economy, Unified New Orleans Plan, New Orleans Diaspora Leadership Project, Rebuilding Lives Coalition, California Healthcare Reform, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, Voices & Choices, University Park Alliance Summit, Comeback America Initiative, and National YWCA What Women Want Town Hall.
  • Community Health Needs Assessment

    Northeast Ohio - multi-county project

    Community Health Needs Assessment

    Northeast Ohio - multi-county project
    Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical System and Summa Health System engaged RRC to design and manage a health needs assessment process that included a review of published data and collection and analysis of primary data encompassing Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties in Ohio. A comprehensive outreach process that recruited over 100 community partners resulted in the engagement of close to 3,500 residents.
  • Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA)

    Akron, OH

    Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA)

    Akron, OH
    Key projects have included: Accountable Care Community Model Research & Proposal Development, Collaborative Models of Care investigation for meeting the needs of the underserved, Recommendations to strengthen the local Federally Qualified Health Center, and Curriculum Development (Mindfulness in Chronic Disease Management/Social & Emotional Health Education in Community Health).
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Summit County, Ohio

    Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Summit County, Ohio
    Designed and implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process which included individual meetings, 16 focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys, and an environmental scan. Implementation support included management training, administrative leadership session and the introduction of inclusion tools to engage staff more fully. Within the first two years of implementation, the system was recognized as one of the best library systems in the country by Library Journal.
  • This City Reads!

    Summit County, Ohio

    This City Reads!

    Summit County, Ohio
    Led an initiative with community leaders to create a new collaborative with dozens of organizations, businesses, school districts, and institutions that continues to mobilize tens of thousands of citizens to make reading a priority in Summit County, Ohio.
  • HealthPath Foundation

    Cincinnati, OH

    HealthPath Foundation

    Cincinnati, OH
    Since 2009, RRC has worked with the HealthPath Board of Directors to provide technical assistance and facilitation of several key leadership processes, including the Board’s strategic planning process.
  • Community Support Services

    Summit County, Ohio

    Community Support Services

    Summit County, Ohio
    RRC has provided ongoing consultation to design and facilitate two strategic planning retreats for the CSS Board, tactical planning development, development of an employee recognition program, the development of an agency-wide inclusion initiative to enhance organizational performance, and the development of an Inclusion 360 Degree Performance Assessment.