Strategic Planning & Consulting

A comprehensive, long-term strategic action plan is often best developed through an evolving process that can take many forms in various organizational contexts - that is, it must be uniquely crafted for each situation, and governed by flexibility and collaborative action. It is successful in:

  1. identifying and acknowledging relevant issues and perspectives,
  2. identifying the many options to address those issues, and
  3. building the common, multi-stakeholder support necessary to implement complex organizational strategies.

Our Services

  • Collaborative, multi-stakeholder convening and facilitation
  • Community engagement
  • Cost-benefit analyses
  • Data collection, monitoring, and visualization
  • Data-driven strategy development
  • Data process evaluation and strategy
  • Economic impact evaluations
  • Financial assessments
  • Funding strategy and evaluation
  • Organizational change strategy
  • Policy research and evaluation
  • Program evaluation
  • Program implementation
  • Social and economic impact assessments
  • Strategic assessments and benchmarking
  • Strategic planning
  • Systems consulting and transformation

Why Stout?

Collaborative Approach to Customized Solutions

Our team can bring together stakeholders with a variety of different ideas and viewpoints. We create a collaborative environment that considers each stakeholder's priorities, and we work to develop strategic solutions that are continually implemented, evaluated, and refined.

Stout's strategic consultants use a unique combination of experience and expertise with a commitment to collaboration and a focus on the needs and experiences of customers, clients or other system users.

  • We recognize that each engagement is unique, and each client is unique in the challenges they face and the solutions they need. We begin each engagement focused on learning from our clients, who know their businesses, clients, customers, stakeholders, and industry best.
  • Capitalizing on the knowledge, wisdom, experience, and expertise of our clients, we work collaboratively to gather internal and external data, research, and information to identify both practical and strategic challenges and opportunities.
  • We then work to deepen our understanding through comprehensive interaction with additional stakeholders who can bring diverse perspectives to our work. Based on this constellation of information, we develop analyses and visualizations bringing together the quantitative and qualitative elements from all stakeholders.

This process creates highly informed, unique opportunities for strategic planning. When combined with feedback processes, iterative learning systems, evaluation metrics, and strategic milestones and goal setting, these strategies result in transformative, sustainable change for our clients.

Proven Track Record

Our strategic solutions for social and economic considerations have contributed to landmark legislation, legislative reforms and vast increases of funding. Our strategic consulting for industry and corporate clients has resulted in unique and unparalleled success and solutions, including on matters of historical size and complexity. We have unparalleled experience in these areas and have produced independent expert analyses and reports, which have been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Above the Law, and Law 360, among others.

Complex Data Analysis and Visualization

Through sophisticated data analysis tools and visualization techniques, we develop unique insights for transformative strategies for our clients and collaborative partners. We frequently use combinations of large public and private data sets, geo-spatial mapping techniques, multi-variate analyses, and other complex analyses. With these tools, we identify challenges, opportunities, and best practices that can be applied in collaborative, iterative processes to drive change in critical situations. In addition, we provide a framework to evaluate the implementation impacts of each strategic solution.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We work with a diverse base of clients including public and private companies, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. On a countless number of matters, clients have applauded our work, including the following:


- Delivered unbiased data

- Kept planning and implementation on track

- Independence: All voices were heard, no internal agenda

- Allowed the “leaders” to participate and also learn

- Facilitated meetings, process, and program

- Helped the organization make tough decisions

- Offered useful tools and templates


Media Mentions and News Releases

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