Our Services

The Insight Center tailors its services to our clients' needs. Examples of our services are provided on each of our pages. More broadly, our services include:

  • Maximization of financial resources for community economic development (CED)
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs
  • Legal resources to community-based organizations engaged in CED
  • Organizational capacity-building and sustainability planning
  • Strategic support to foundation initiatives
  • Innovative business models such as employee-owned businesses and alternative staffing agencies
  • Applied research in areas such as feasibility, scalability, case studies, and best practices
  • Training and curriculum development
  • Coalition-building
  • Policy, advocacy, and communications strategies
     

Strategic Approach

The goal of changing and improving systems so that they help, rather than hinder, people who are working to become economically secure requires a multifaceted approach. In all of the Insight Center's areas of concentration, we strive to improve systems, policies, and practices. Our strategic approach includes:

Research, Analysis & Development

  • Conducting and publishing research to inform policy-makers
  • Identifying best practices and developing cutting-edge strategies
  • Incubating programs locally and replicating successful strategies nationally

Building Infrastructure

  • Creating networks and learning communities
  • Building the capacity of local intermediaries, community-based organizations, foundations, government agencies, the private sector, and others

Advocacy and Communication

  • Disseminating information through clearinghouses, conferences, and trainings
  • Developing advocacy tools and strategies