Portfolio Case Studies

University Park Alliance

Round River Consulting is designing and managing a community engagement project to assist University Park Alliance (UPA), a community development corporation in Akron, Ohio to create an “Empowered Urban Social & Economic Infrastructure” within a 50 block area of the central city. The strategy is designed to build upon existing strengths by identifying and utilizing human and physical assets and positioning neighborhood groups, faith communities, social service agencies, and small businesses to work collaboratively to leverage those assets. Read more...

Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority

Round River Consulting LLC, (RRC) was retained by the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (The Authority) to design a strategic planning process that engaged board members, staff, stakeholders and the community. Prior to this strategic planning process, The Authority had focused exclusively on developing plans to meet Ohio EPA recycling goals. The Round River Consulting team worked with board and staff members to shape a larger more comprehensive vision and mission that positioned the Authority to be a leader in integrated waste management. Read more...

Louisiana Rebuilding Lives Coalition

The Rebuilding Lives Coalition (and the Unified New Orleans Plan) is an exemplar of Round River Consulting’s ability to powerfully engage a wide range of constituent groups in a way that positively impacts thousands of lives. Following Hurricane Katrina, AmericaSpeaks (AS) managed and produced two 21st Century Town Hall Meetings, held simultaneously in 5 diaspora cities, to develop priorities for the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP). As a result, thousands of voices that would not have been represented in meetings held in New Orleans were included in plans submitted to the federal government to rebuild the city. Residents sustained their efforts to engage hundreds of people to attend hearings to support the plan. Read more...

Other Projects and Clients

  • Past and Current Clients

    Past and Current Clients

    • Adoption Network Cleveland • Akron Children's Hospital • Akron Community Foundation • Akron General Health System • Akron/Summit Convention & Visitor’s Bureau • Akron Summit Community Action • Akron-Summit County Public Library • American Adoption Congress • AmericaSpeaks • Anthem Family Violence • The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron • BISCO • Busara Group, LLC • BUV: The Center for Non-Profit Excellence • Canton Community Clinic • Center for Dental Wellness • Character Counts • CHOICES • Church of Our Savior • Cleveland Museum of Art • Community Action Organization of Scioto County Center for Dental Wellness • Community Support Services; Summit County, Ohio • Eastern Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ • Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio • Girl Scouts of the Western Reserve • Growing Hope Food Summits • HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (formerly Anthem Foundation) • Learning Communities Network • National United Church of Christ • NeighborFood • Northeast Ohio Regional Library System • Oberlin College, Bonner Center for Service and Learning • Ohio Empowerment Coalition • PRISM Health • Summa Health System • Stark Prescription Assistance Network • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Stark County • Summa Health System • Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority • Summit Education Initiative • Summit 2010: Quality of Life Project • Summit Board of Developmental Disabilities • Summit County Fatherhood Initiative Project • Summit County Minority Health Roundtable • Roadway Express, Inc. • This City Reads! Summit County, Ohio • Unitarian Universalist Association • United Way of Stark County • United Way of Summit County • University Park Alliance • Warriors Journey Home • Western Stark Medical Clinic
  • Community Health Needs Assessment

    Northeast Ohio - multi-county project

    Community Health Needs Assessment

    Northeast Ohio - multi-county project
    Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical System and Summa Health System engaged RRC to design and manage a health needs assessment process that included a review of published data and collection and analysis of primary data encompassing Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties in Ohio. A comprehensive outreach process that recruited over 100 community partners resulted in the engagement of close to 3,500 residents.
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Summit County, Ohio

    Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Summit County, Ohio
    Designed and implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process which included individual meetings, 16 focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys, and an environmental scan. Implementation support included management training, administrative leadership session and the introduction of inclusion tools to engage staff more fully. Within the first two years of implementation, the system was recognized as one of the best library systems in the country by Library Journal.
  • America Speaks

    Washington, DC

    America Speaks

    Washington, DC
    Since 2007, Round River Consulting (RRC) staff has served as Senior Associates with AmericaSpeaks, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on deliberative democracy and community engagement. Responsibilities have included site management, leading national and local outreach strategies, facilitator recruitment and training, meeting design and production, and project management. Key projects have included: Our Budget: Our Economy, Unified New Orleans Plan, New Orleans Diaspora Leadership Project, Rebuilding Lives Coalition, California Healthcare Reform, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, Voices & Choices, University Park Alliance Summit, Comeback America Initiative, and National YWCA What Women Want Town Hall.
  • Prism Health, LLC

    Ohio

    Prism Health, LLC

    Ohio
    Round River Consulting worked with Prism Health, LLC, a behavioral health partnership with four major agencies, to create a sustainable and profitable business and expansion plan that capitalizes on the new opportunities created by the passage of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Building upon its work two years ago to facilitate a process that established strategic priorities and strategies, the current project is designed to leverage new market and organizational possibilities.
  • Akron Community Foundation & BVU: The Center for Non-Profit Excellence

    Summit County, OH

    Akron Community Foundation & BVU: The Center for Non-Profit Excellence

    Summit County, OH
    Round River Consulting was engaged last spring by the Akron Community Foundation and BVU: The Center for Non-Profit Excellence to work with three successful local fatherhood programs to support their willingness and capacity to collaborate. As a result of that initial consultation, Round River Consulting was asked to deepen its work with the leadership of these programs to refine a shared strategic plan and to support these groups to take concrete steps toward collaboration. On September 19, 2013, the new Summit County Fatherhood Initiative was announced.
  • Community Support Services

    Summit County, Ohio

    Community Support Services

    Summit County, Ohio
    RRC has provided ongoing consultation to design and facilitate two strategic planning retreats for the CSS Board, tactical planning development, development of an employee recognition program, the development of an agency-wide inclusion initiative to enhance organizational performance, and the development of an Inclusion 360 Degree Performance Assessment.
  • HealthPath Foundation

    Cincinnati, OH

    HealthPath Foundation

    Cincinnati, OH
    Since 2009, RRC has worked with the HealthPath Board of Directors to provide technical assistance and facilitation of several key leadership processes, including the Board’s strategic planning process.
  • This City Reads!

    Summit County, Ohio

    This City Reads!

    Summit County, Ohio
    Led an initiative with community leaders to create a new collaborative with dozens of organizations, businesses, school districts, and institutions that continues to mobilize tens of thousands of citizens to make reading a priority in Summit County, Ohio.
  • Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA)

    Akron, OH

    Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA)

    Akron, OH
    Key projects have included: Accountable Care Community Model Research & Proposal Development, Collaborative Models of Care investigation for meeting the needs of the underserved, Recommendations to strengthen the local Federally Qualified Health Center, and Curriculum Development (Mindfulness in Chronic Disease Management/Social & Emotional Health Education in Community Health).
  • Growing Hope Food Movement

    Akron, OH

    Growing Hope Food Movement

    Akron, OH
    Building upon a successful community summit in the spring of 2011 that brought over 200 residents, farmers, CSA’s, food processors, restaurants, and policy-makers together to establish shared values and priorities to build a local food system and economy, Round River Consulting provided leadership development, meeting facilitation, and community engagement expertise to the Growing Hope Food Movement. Our work has supported a bi-weekly meeting of community leaders and volunteers who launched the Growing Hope Film Series & Community Healthy Potluck which attracts a diverse demographic including minority and immigrant populations. In 2013 a second Growing Hope Food Summit was held at multiple locations across two days. Over 250 people of diverse backgrounds attended the April 12 and April 13 Summit to learn more about growing, preparing, and eating healthy foods. Round River Consulting’s work also resulted in an exciting Akron Community Garden Tour summer of 2013.