Our Approach

We meet people where they are.

This means that we work collaboratively with people to clearly define the issues that they need to address. Together, we ensure high quality evidence that informs wise decisions. We continuously assess what is working and what is not and adjust to achieve our common goals.

Our primary goal is to create and maintain a focus on utilization.

We plan, tailor, and conduct projects in a collaborative approach to ensure results will be relevant and useful to inform decisions and improve child and community well-being. Our approach is built on trusted relationships, processes, and evidence to result in comprehensive understanding, collaborative action, knowledge advancement, and ultimately meaningful impact and change.

Our approach at PolicyWise is intrinsically linked to our commitment to assuring quality and embracing complexity.

Projects are complex, dynamic, and contextual. Situational adaptation allows for, and embraces such complexities, dynamics and context. Decision-making and processes adapt to circumstances, it is process-oriented and acknowledges that one size does not fit all. This adaptation is rooted in a commitment to quality. Quality is traditionally defined with concepts such as pursuing excellence, purpose-driven, improvement-focused, competence, responsiveness, responsibility, and accountability. Defined structures and processes are an important facilitator of assuring quality; however, how these are applied is critically important.

Data-to-Wisdom Cycle

To inform policy and practice, we must play an active role in connecting people with evidence. Our intent is that the knowledge we generate, in collaboration with our partners and stakeholders, is shared, used, and has positive impact. To do this, we are engaged in, and support, increasing connections and understanding across the Data-to-Wisdom cycle: