STRATEGIC PLANNING AND EVALUATION

About

We look forward to meeting you.

Our Philosophy

Our approach to project management actively engages those meaningfully influenced by the project, includes regular communication with project leads, and results in high-quality products that help organizations chart meaningful progress for the future. Our philosophy as a firm is to be lean, results- focused, efficient, and effective for our clients. In working with public institutions, we maintain a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and accountability to the residents of the communities we assist.

Our approach goes beyond basic transparency to the public and strives to engage all parts of the community as active participants in the process. To do so, we advocate using modern communications tools and innovative strategies, rather than top-heavy and expensive methods often recommended by larger and less nimble firms. In projects such as these, we work not only for the organization but also on behalf of the community, facilitating a process that truly serves all. In working with public and nonprofit organizations, we tailor our services to the needs, desires, and philosophies of each organization.

 
 
 

Our Team

 
 
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PRINCIPAL/OWNER

Sarah Keister Armstrong

Sarah has worked in a variety of private, state, and federal government offices and nonprofit organizations. She is experienced in statistical analysis, data collection, and using quantitative and qualitative measures to evaluate public policies and programs.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST
Master of Public Policy and Administration

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Sociology

Activities & Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Illinois Library Association, 2016 – 2019

  • Co-Chair of the Lake County Youth Empowerment for Success Coalition, 2016 – present

  • Board of Trustees, Fremont Public Library District, 2013 – 2017

  • Board of Directors, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), 2014 – 2016

 
 

 
 
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Beth Keister

Beth brings a mix of technical expertise and consulting experience to the firm. Beth has worked in various technical positions for commercial and nonprofit organizations, taught university level mathematics, and consulted with major educational publishers. She has trained the staffs of several libraries and organizations on a variety of software packages and consulted with libraries on creating programs and reports that support daily operations. She also is experienced in using survey design and research methodologies for evaluation purposes.

 

Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Science, Statistics

BUTLER UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

 
 

 
 
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Dan Armstrong

Dan is a skilled information professional with experience working in educational and nonprofit organizations. He is experienced in developing and implementing public relations, community engagement, and social media strategies. Dan holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-writing and Sociology and has been recognized for his accomplishments in writing and media relations.

 

Education

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY
Master of Library and Information Science

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts, English (Writing) and Sociology