Our Focus

We utilize a collaborative approach in the delivery of all of our services, working closely with our clients to develop customized solutions for their organizational development and evaluation needs.

Evaluation and Data Management

We use utilization-focused evaluation methods and develop systems to collect relevant, applicable, and functional data that guides your practice. From one-time evaluation needs to ongoing services, we help to make data collection part of the fabric of your work and facilitate the generation of actionable findings that support your organization’s decision making.

We work with nonprofits to:

  • Evaluate programs and services
  • Develop Theory of Change and Logic models for programs
  • Establish monitoring metrics and tracking mechanisms
  • Create qualitative and quantitative tools and instruments including surveys, pre/post tests, focus group moderation guides, and more
  • Produce annual reports with visual summaries and infographics
  • Analyze data using advanced statistical methods
  • Build databases 
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Grant Management

We take a holistic and strategic approach to grant management, helping to integrate grant seeking within your larger fund development plan and strategic priorities. Through a collaborative process, we connect you with grant opportunities that are in alignment with your mission, help to define and highlight your work, create measurable outcomes, and manage grant reporting and maintenance functions. 

Our grant management services include:

  • Research and development of grant opportunities
  • Writing and submission of new and recurring grant applications
  • Management of grant reporting and annual grant summaries
  • Monitoring of metrics, participant tracking, outcomes, and data
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Nonprofit Consulting

We work with nonprofits to lay foundational systems, processes, and programs aligned with their mission. With a focus on organizational planning, technical assistance, and capacity building, we work with nonprofit organizations to provide holistic support that empowers them to reach their goals and make meaningful impact in the community. Appreciating that every organization is unique, our approach is to listen first and to create customized strategies that meet the moment.

Our services include:

  • Organizational Planning
  • Vision and Mission Development
  • Program/service identification, development, and documentation
  • Strategic organizational and program budgeting
  • Board development
  • Process development and improvement
  • Implementation of evidence-based practices
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Our Clients

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ferris State University
Ferris State University
Planned Parenthood

Our Clients

Hear what our clients have to say about working with us

“Katie really helped us think about strategic issues that would help Upcycle Bikes be more attractive to grant funders. She helped us refine our mission and vision, develop a more detailed and broader budget, strategically think about grant funding targets, develop narratives around our operations and our impacts, and create a survey to collect end user demographic data.”

President and Founder of Upcycle Bikes

“Katie's deep knowledge and ability to synthesize our ideas into measurable outcomes is what made SIDE Strategies stand out. Our programming has been able to expand exponentially so that more kids and families dealing with the juvenile justice system are receiving opportunities to envision a future of their choosing.”

Co-founder of The Delta Project

“SIDE Strategies helps us by using their expertise in evaluation to both create effective quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools and provide digestible summaries of evaluation findings that we can share with staff and stakeholders. They also assist with our data entry needs for one of the grants that funds the program, which gives our Education staff more time to do what they do best. We are grateful to work with an organization that is so clearly committed to continuous process and quality improvement. They always make us feel supported and like they are truly invested in our programs and their success.”

Director of Education at Planned Parenthood of Michigan

Reach out to learn more about partnering with SIDE Strategies.