Our clients include small and large groups and organizations with service areas ranging from neighborhood to nationwide. We work with clients in all three sectors: private, public, and nonprofit. You can read descriptions of current or recent clients here, view a partial client list, or view client lists according to special focus areas.
Current or recent clients include:
University of Kentucky Office of the
Steve worked with staff to design a two-day planning retreat for all UK Deans and the staff of the Office of the Provost. Steve then served as facilitator for the retreat.
2020 Vision for Fayette County Public Schools
In 2005-2006, RKI provided public process design and trained leadership teams and facilitators for "2020 Vision," an intensive community engagement initiative aimed at changing the face of education in Fayette County. 2020 Vision kicked off with a community summit attended by 1300 people on May 9, 2005. At the summit, community members, students and educators chose among 17 work groups and began six months of intensive focus on developing research-based approaches to educating all Fayette County children. School Superintendent Stu Silberman described 2020 Vision as a way for the community to provide the guidance that will level the field for all students, and result in Fayette County Schools joining the ranks of the top five percent of school districts in the USA.
Highly Skilled Educators, Kentucky Department of Education
In the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007, Steve
conducted Authentic Partnership training-for-trainers sessions for a small group
of Highly Skilled Educators who then assisted Steve in delivering the
training to the full cadre of Highly Skilled Educators.
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
In 2006 and again in 2009 Steve worked with the Dean of the
College of Nursing and a planning team to design a set of meetings and
opportunities for participation for the full faculty and staff of the
College of Nursing to revise their strategic plan. Steve facilitated the largest
meetings and worked with the planning team to draft the planning documents.
Legal Aid Network of Kentucky
Beginning in 2005, Rona has provided project management services for a technology consortium of Kentucky legal services programs that jointly present public legal education as well as password-protected support for legal services advocates at www.kyjustice.org
University of Kentucky Neighborhood Advisory
Starting in 2005, Steve conducted a study
to determine the feasibility and usefulness of establishing a Neighborhood
Advisory Council to address issues of common concern between the university
and its near neighbors. That work involved a set of interviews
with key constituents, and then work with an ad hoc group to
establish membership and other parameters for the Council. Steve
has since facilitated the meetings of the group, and has worked with
the co-chairs to set agendas and draft recommendations for the group.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
The Prichard Committee is an education advocacy group based in Lexington, Kentucky. RKI has worked with the Prichard Committee since 1984 in a variety of ways designing dialogues, conducting focus group research, organizing conferences, assisting with staff development, creating and maintaining websites, and facilitating collaborative work sessions with allied groups. www.prichardcommittee.org and www.cipl.org.
The Education Coalition is an informal group of 14 Kentucky organizations with statewide constituencies concerned with public education. As the group's facilitator, Steve sets meeting agendas in collaboration with coalition members, facilitates the meetings, and takes the lead role in producing the Coalition's written products.
Site-Specific Advisory Board (SSAB) for the Paducah, Kentucky Gaseous Diffusion Plant
The Site-Specific Advisory Board is a multi-stakeholder citizen board for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The Plant is a Federal Superfund Cleanup Site that is directed by the Department of Energy and overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department of Waste Management. The Board is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Steve served as a researcher and advisor in the creation of the SSAB and facilitated its regular monthly meetings from 1996 through 2006.
(Visit their website at www.oro.doe.gov/pgdpssab)
Study Circles Resource Center
The Study Circles Resource Center helps communities bring large numbers of diverse people into democratic, face-to-face dialogue and action on critical public issues. SCRC chose RKI to conduct a two-year study of the ways successful community-wide study circle programs organize and produce large-scale dialogue projects, particularly on the topic of race. RKI completed the final product of this study, a 455-page report entitled Toward Competent Communities: Best Practices for Producing Community-Wide Study Circles, in September, 2000.
(Visit their website at www.studycircles.org)
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