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Digital Discovery Lab ®

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, when people were prohibited from gathering in groups, Yancey Consulting (YC) created the Digital Discovery Lab™ (DDL). DDL is a curated digital space with multiple “rooms” holding different topics or themes. It was designed to inform and gain feedback on ideas in formation that need input or design from a large group of stakeholders. YC designed DDLs as two-hour open-block sessions, where invitees can join the two-hour block at times that best suit their schedules. They can come when they want and go as they please. Upon joining the DDL, YC team members greet participants, explain the themes in each room and what’s being asked, and provide instructions on navigating the different rooms. Each room has a YC team member present to support participants using the digital input tools selected for their feedback. In each room, participants often quietly share their thoughts, contribute new ideas, or respond to the ideas offered by others. The common tools used in this space are digital documents for comments and sticky posts organized on a virtual whiteboard. Amassed.  

Once participants have reviewed and offered feedback on all the issues or themes in the various rooms, they can convene in an open conversation room to discuss the ideas shared, ask questions, and exchange ideas in real time. DDLs alleviate scheduling difficulties and allow for live interactions and feedback at scale.

Building & Weaving Teams ®

Building and Weaving Teams® open the door for wider engagement of stakeholders – both from within the organization and beyond, spanning various industries and sectors – in the planning process. The approach fosters a rich exchange of perspectives and opens up meaningful participation and collaboration in dream planning and other organizational work.

Diverse perspectives and a range of experiences, ages, backgrounds, and interests are foundational to the design of Building and Weaving Teams.® You’ll have a mix of internal and external stakeholders at the same table. They may not always agree, but they come together to offer their best collective thinking and recommendations on organizations’ central questions, issues, strategies, goals, challenges, and opportunities.

Kitchen Cabinet

Yancey Consulting’s Program Viability Matrix for Nonprofits

Yancey Consulting (YC) recognizes and honors the role that kitchens have historically played, particularly in Black communities, as areas of revolution, nourishment, pain, joy, and everything in between. Inspired by this ethos, YC’s Kitchen Cabinet™ describes a core working team charged with vetting the diligence, frameworks, strategies, and final recommendations that proceed to an organization’s decision-making body. Kitchen Cabinet™ members are the primary cluster of individuals connected to every aspect of the planning, assessment, budgeting, and financing required for the project. They ensure that organizational work is comprehensive and addresses the organization’s aspirations. YC uses the Kitchen Cabinet™ method on projects requiring a bench of audacious advisors and thinkers.

Yancey Consulting’s Program Viability Matrix for Nonprofits ©

Yancey Consulting’s Program Viability Matrix for Nonprofits© (PVM) is an easy tool for organizations to assess the viability of their operational reliance on program revenue. With clear assessment descriptions, YC’s PVM asks organizations to evaluate their program’s ability to attract revenue on a spectrum of one to five, whereas 1 captures mission-aligned programs that serve a critical mass of constituents but require high financial subsidy, 3 reflects programs that breaks-even, and 5 captures mission-aligned or mission-related programs with at least 30 percent net positive revenue returns after accounting for expenses. For nonprofits to effectively fulfill their missions, organizations must be intentional about their choices programmatically, balancing out fully subsidized and net profit earning programs.