Spark is a national leader in using community engagement, research and evaluation, fiscal integration, real-time strategic learning, and adaptive planning to address complex societal problems. Our services cover a wide array of skillsets and expertise, all oriented to igniting sustainable and meaningful change. In addition to ensuring accessible, useful work products, we specialize in non-traditional and adaptive strategies with a focus on equitable, inclusive, and participatory processes that engage our partners every step of the way – from small successes to big wins.
At Spark, we specialize in solving complex problems in ever-changing settings. One of our strategies is to use adaptive planning, a set of tools and processes for developing plans when the environment requires flexibility and adaptability. Our team specializes in managing and supporting dynamic projects, allowing us to integrate adaptive planning in our evaluations and other projects, facilitate adaptive planning processes, and build our partners’ capacity to use adaptive planning. We have vast experience with adaptive planning tools and processes, for example:
- Strategic road-mapping;
- Emergent learning (including Before and After Action Reviews);
- Scenario planning;
- Simulations; and
- Systems, network, power/influence, and stakeholder mapping.
Project management is not just about tracking the moving parts – it can, and should be about creating collaborative relationships and providing the technical assistance that allows every part of the project to succeed, even in changing circumstances. We recognize this need and have developed unique tools that help our project managers and researchers ensure our approach is adaptive and responsive to the needs of our clients as well.