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Annexation Public Engagement

Following the close of a fiscal study on annexation, the City of Soldotna engaged The Athena Group to conduct the city’s 2017 study of public perspectives on annexation. The primary question they wanted to answer was: Can Soldotna boundaries change and still respect what matters most to city government and residents, property owners and business owners within the city and in areas being studied for annexation? This question was part […]

Facilitation at the Washington State Department of Transportation

Secretary Lynn Peterson and Secretary Roger Millar of the Washington State Department of Transportation both shared a leadership vision that embraced a multi-modal transportation, customer driven decision, and a “practical solutions” culture in support of the overall agency vision. They wanted the executive team and senior leadership to also share the vision and actively engage the entire agency in blending these principles into daily work.

Coordinated Transit-Human Services Planning

Many transportation resources exist in Snohomish County, however many people cannot access these services because of transportation challenges. Coordinating and partnering between public, non-profit, and private entities can make a big difference. To best plan their next steps, the Snohomish County Transportation Coalition (SNOTRAC) hired The Athena Group to facilitate the creation of a new five-year Coordinated Transit-Human Services plan.

Youth Marijuana Prevention Regional Assets and Needs Assessment

One in five 10th graders reported using marijuana in the “past 30 days” in Washington State’s 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, and communities all around Washington will be watching to see how marijuana legalization might impact this indicator and related risk factors. Of course, many are not just waiting to see; spurred by a grant from the Washington State Department of Health, CHOICE Regional Health Network is actively working with their […]

Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition

Thousands of people in Pierce County either temporarily or permanently are unable to transport themselves for a variety of reasons. They may be too young or too old to drive, they may have a mental or physical disability that inhibits their ability to get around, they may live outside of the public transit service areas, or the cost of transportation is out of range. The Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition […]

Strategic Planning & Thinking Training for Squaxin Island Tribe

The Squaxin Island Tribe was considering a Tribal wide strategic planning process. The Tribal planning department understood that good planning is critical to its success. Because of this, the Tribe contracted with The Athena Group to conduct a one-day strategic planning and thinking training for its Tribal planning department.

Leadership Development at the Department of Agriculture

The Athena Group’s LaVonne Dorsey is working with The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Consumer Services Division to provide leadership development. Leadership development starts with helping leaders understand their strengths and areas of growth. The 360 Degree Feedback is a process in which employees receive confidential, anonymous feedback from the people who work around them. This typically includes the employee’s manager, peers, customers and direct reports. The […]

Child Care Referral Program Evaluation

Child Care Aware of Washington’s Family Center helps families find and access high-quality child care. The Family Center does this by providing referrals to child care providers, and information on the importance of quality and how families seeking child care can determine if a child care provider has a quality program. CCA of WA hired The Athena Group to assess the Family Center’s child care referral services, including number of […]

Early Achievers: Evaluation of the 3rd Year

Since July 2012, Child Care Aware of Washington has been developing and implementing new services for child care providers as part of Early Achievers, Washington’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers. CCA of WA and its regional partners are responsible for supporting child care providers as they prepare for rating, and then coaching participants after they receive their rating. CCA of WA has contracted with The […]

Tigard-Tualatin School District Collective Impact Forum

The Tigard-Tualatin School District wanted to bring together partners for  a collective impact with the goal of Supporting Our Children and Youth: Strengthening Partnerships, Increasing Impact.  As the initiative’s backbone organization, the District wanted to get people more invested in the issue and partnership, help members of the partnership begin to see the system in all of its complexity, and to create a space for natural partnerships to emerge.  They also wanted to bring people together […]

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