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Welcome to Karen Dash Consulting

There are always challenges to the development and implementation processes for large and small organizations, institutions, and nonprofits. With a wealth of experience across the government, health, K-12,  higher education, nonprofit, and Fortune 50 sectors,  Karen Dash Consulting LLC has helped entities all across the country save time, energy, and millions of dollars.

Through our strategic planning, program evaluation, and management consulting services for  local, state, regional and national clients, we have helped organizations identify measurable, ambitious yet achievable strategies to empower people and communities.

The KDC Process

Every organization is unique – its mission, structure, employees, funding sources and constraints, community needs and priorities, oversight, political and economic environment, etc.  For each initiative, we find that a Community Needs Assessment and an Environmental Scan can help us identify the most promising and effective strategies. 

Needs Assessment

Of key importance is understanding the needs of our clients and the people they serve.  We offer a variety of strategies to engage with stakeholders – including potential clients of your organization – to ensure a comprehensive understanding of what might define program or organizational success. 

KDC, led by our owner Karen Dash, has worked with over 17,000 stakeholders through 85+ focus groups/public meetings, community surveys, key stakeholder interviews, design charrettes, community cafes, and other community engagement processes.  We strive to create a warm, inclusive, and safe space for people to share their valuable feedback.

Environmental Scan

In order to understand your organization’s needs, we execute an Environmental Scan. (aka PEST analyses, Landscape Analyses, SWOT or SLOT analyses, or Situational Analyses.)

This is an in-depth, customized breakdown of your organization’s strengths, opportunities and efficiencies, as well as an analysis of social, economic, technological, political, demographic, and socioeconomic trends that affect your organization and its stakeholders.

Having this information allows the KDC team to have a much clearer view of the steps needed to bring the goals and executions of your organization together.

What makes us different

  • We create trust
  • We care
  • We find our work fascinating
  • We work with diverse groups of people
  • Our clients feel comfortable sharing their needs
  • We are easy to work with
  • Karen is highly involved in all aspects of our work
  • We have experience in many different private and public sectors

Services We Provide

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Karen Dash Consulting LLC provides support to states, counties, and cities in developing a host of plans, reports, and analyses.

Libraries occupy a vibrant and essential role in our communities. Technology and changing public expectations have created new possibilities.

Developing your strategic plan, and the actions to reach your goals, helps leaders to define who and how they intend to serve their various constituencies.

This analysis and assessment identifies the resources and opportunities available in your community to meet the needs of children, youth, and families.

As organizational environments change, we can help leadership and employees navigate those opportunities.

It’s not enough to say your programs are effective; today’s leaders seek hard metrics to quantify program impact.

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Clients’ Testimonials

  • I believe what made Karen’s work so successful was her obvious deep personal commitment to service, both in her company’s service to us during this project, and to the services provided to our communities by public libraries. I particularly admired Karen’s friendliness and flexibility as we worked together on this project. Many of our regional library directors expressed their appreciation of these qualities and their gratitude for the quality of the assessment results and findings. Karen not only made this ambitious project easier and more pleasant for all of us, she produced excellent results which will guide decision making well into the future. I would recommend her to any organization seeking to understand and improve the services they provide.

    Molly Westmoreland
    Library Director, Wilson County Public Library
  • I highly recommend Karen Dash Consulting for conducting community needs assessments, facilitating focus groups or any of your public health assessments. She is one of the best in facilitating focus groups among a diverse audience and understands the systems of a public health department. Karen Dash has provided consultation with my program Innovative Approaches for the last 7 years. She is a very compassionate facilitator and makes everyone feel welcome while facilitating. Not only does Karen Dash make everyone feel welcomed, she always researches the topic of interest and provides additional resources to the target population. As a satisfied customer and one that will always use Karen Dash Consulting, I highly recommend her services.

    April L. Oxendine BS MAEd
    Innovative Approaches Regional Coordinator
  • I have worked with many consultants on projects and they promise a lot of things, but Karen Dash Consulting LLC actually did a great job on our HUD Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. Their work was timely, thorough, and reflected a broad and deep understanding of our community’s needs. Karen clearly loves working with all kinds of data and public policy issues and was able to provide a comprehensive and detailed report to HUD.

    Tami Ryall, Senior Policy Advisor
    Pinal County, AZ
  • Harnett County found Karen Dash to be the ideal match for our library’s mission to develop a strategic plan. Karen immersed herself into our community and used her talent for connecting with people to effectively assess their interests, concerns, and needs. She married her findings with her remarkable understanding of library culture to create a robust, yet achievable plan for validating, fortifying, sustaining, and expanding library services to the Harnett County community.

    Angela McCauley, Library Director
    Harnett County Public Library

Our goal is to be at the heart of public policy that strengthens and empowers community development.

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