Research, Evaluation & Data

What problem are you trying to solve?

Beginning with a clear-eyed conversation with a client about the challenge they’re facing or the big issue they feel their foundation, government agency or nonprofit needs to tackle we develop a focused research agenda to bring salient information to bear on the problem the client wants to solve.

For large-scale research projects, this work entails co-creating interview protocols and conducting conversations with field-leading experts and facilitating focus groups with internal staff or community partners and audience members.

We evaluate data a client may already possess to illuminate past performance and future opportunities and we administer surveys to collect original quantitative and qualitative input too.

In the course of investigating an issue, or evaluating a program, we pair our assessment of data and feedback on a client’s work with a benchmark analysis on the resources and results peers (or competitors) are deploying and achieving.

End products can take the form of comprehensive reports or high-level syntheses and recommendations for next-steps a client can take.

At clients’ request, we can present our research findings to Boards of Trustees, donors, community allies and join them in sharing results to the field at conferences too.

 Above: Cover of the Center for Cultural Innovation's (CCI) Creativity Connects Report created in partnership with the  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) . Principal Marc Vogl collaborated with CCI and a small team of researchers to undertake the first comprehensive analysis of the artists support systems in America in nearly fifteen years. 

Above: Cover of the Center for Cultural Innovation's (CCI) Creativity Connects Report created in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Principal Marc Vogl collaborated with CCI and a small team of researchers to undertake the first comprehensive analysis of the artists support systems in America in nearly fifteen years. 

Select Clients

 

Brown Arts Initiative 

at Brown University

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education

Sustain Arts 

at Harvard University

San Benito Arts Council

Center for Cultural Innovation &  National Endowment for the Arts

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Testimonials

"We engaged Vogl Consulting to help us explore the opportunity of a new academic offering. Marc and his team conducted a comprehensive review of the competitive landscape before exploring with prospective stakeholders what curricular components would set us apart from our peers. Their resulting report was thorough, polished, responsive to our needs and, best of all, actionable." Anne Bergeron, Managing Director, Brown Arts Initiative at Brown University

"Marc worked with us on a monumental research assignment, to delineate a strategy to purchase a building. We were extremely impressed with the extensive preparation that he undertook and his ability to facilitate a process whereby he had us all thinking for ourselves, as opposed to having him think for us." Judy Margles, Director, Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education

"Marc analyzed several of our key programs, collected data and input from peer organizations around the country, drew up highly implementable changes, while putting all his findings into a big picture framework that helped us understand the strategic, long-term context of his work. Marc listened carefully, researched meticulously, and provided penetrating insights that have helped us instigate real and necessary change." Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theater Bay Area