DRIVING LEARNING AND CHANGE
Learning and change require critical friends with knowledge, skills and expertise to share. United Edge provides consultancy, advisory and facilitation services to support organisations, networks and movements that are working to shift power, freeing up our partners time and energy so that they can focus on achieving their ambitions.
UNITED EDGE CONSULTANCY
TYPES OF CONSULTANCIES
We have led large-scale reviews and evaluations of programmes, engaged in participatory strategy design and conducted workshops with local change makers across the world. Our portfolio includes:
project design and set-up
programme reviews and evaluation
training and mentoring
monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning frameworks
knowledge and information management systems
conference and workshop facilitation
participatory research and strategy development
partnership development and strengthening
capacity building and needs assessing
EXAMPLES OF OUR PREVIOUS WORK
We have supported change makers on all levels, from the very local to the very global, both as United Edge and as individuals. A few examples of our past work include:
supporting Safe Passage to develop their theory of change, a learning framework and MEAL system
developing a communications strategy with Action Aid Cambodia to better influence their audiences
working with the Start Network as a learning specialist to develop and run the Start Fund’s learning framework
supporting UNICEF to report on grave violations of child rights in Palestine directly to the UN Security Council
working with War Child Holland as a specialist in MEAL and programme design to build capacity of national partners
evaluating the Start Fund’s emergency response to flooding in Malawi with partners on the ground
designing and facilitating the annual international workshop for Restless Development’s national programmes teams
working with Action Against Hunger to review the design process of DFID’s largest ever emergency preparedness programme (DEPP)
Our process to partner is simple.
Whether you contact us or we contact you, we suggest an initial consultation meeting before commissioning services to discuss the project or problem. This means we get to know each other before deciding to dive in.
We have a simple screening exercise to make sure our strategies and values align with the goals of the service. We will do this immediately after the consultation.
We make a conscious decision to partner and discuss next steps. The whole process is quick and easy.
"We worked with United Edge on a Programme Design Review Case Study [that] greatly helped us to reflect and consider how we can improve current and future thinking and approach to programme design"
Head of DEPP Portfolio, Start Network, UK
Consultancy is the driest term in the world to say what we mean -- essentially supporting inspiring movements or initiatives for social change. Here are some key features of our services.
We bring an external perspective with an insider’s approach. Sometimes a piece of work needs certain skills. Sometimes it needs expert knowledge. Sometimes it needs experienced facilitation. We work with our partners to tailor our service to the project’s unique needs. If we don’t think we’re best-placed to help you, we’ll try to connect you with someone who is.
We are committed exclusively to taking on projects that we believe in. It doesn’t matter how big or small because system change happens at all levels and scales. However, the projects we work on all have one thing in common: they are trying to create a more just world through social change. That is the niche where we choose to partner.
We believe in getting to the root causes of problems and logically designing solutions based on good evidence and participation. We always find a range of alternative solutions, both well-tested and cutting edge. We are honest about both the good and the bad. Our findings are all backed up by quality data. It sounds like common sense, but it’s where most projects fail.