How czb works

 

With a mixed-method approach.

Facts matter. We insist on rigorous quantitative analysis in every project. We use a combination of publicly available sources and data we collect ourselves via proprietary methods.

But feelings matter, too, and our qualitative analysis will ensure they’re not ignored. Our methods are designed to tap into the views and opinions of the citizens and leaders who know your community best. What are the unrealized hopes and fears? Where is the community’s emotion focused? What do the numbers fail to tell us?

czb's methods are qualitative and quantitative.
czb's methods are qualitative and quantitative.

With a mixed-method approach.

Facts matter. We insist on rigorous quantitative analysis in every project. We use a combination of publicly available sources and data we collect ourselves via proprietary methods.

But feelings matter, too, and our qualitative analysis will ensure they’re not ignored. Our methods are designed to tap into the views and opinions of the citizens and leaders who know your community best.

czb's methods include early hunches, tested often.

With early hunches, tested often.

Our mixed-method approach, combined with intensive steering committee work, helps us get to the heart of community issues quickly. And the sooner we all get there, the sooner we start working on addressing them. We’ll begin by asking the right questions and drawing out real answers.

By diagnosing accurately.

Improving neighborhood health sometimes requires intervention. And intervention always begins with accurate diagnostic work. Our proprietary neighborhood taxonomy methods will quantify what’s working and what’s not — and much more — so that strategies are based on outcomes, not activities. So that identified interventions are intentional, focused, and effective. And so that you can confidently begin the hard work of adaptation and measure the change we’ve provoked.
czb's methods include a proprietary neighborhood evaluation system.
czb's methods include a proprietary neighborhood evaluation system.

By diagnosing accurately.

Improving neighborhood health sometimes requires intervention. And intervention always begins with accurate diagnostic work. Our proprietary neighborhood taxonomy methods will quantify what’s working and what’s not so that strategies are based on outcomes, not activities. So that identified interventions are intentional, focused, and effective. And so that you can confidently begin the hard work of adaptation and measure the change we’ve provoked.
czb's methods will help you grow your capacity to implement.

By changing behaviors.

Everyone wants easy answers to their challenges. But achieving goals almost always requires behavioral change. We’ll help you identify these adaptive challenges. When business as usual fails, we’ll help you figure out why.

Where are the places where your community won’t compromise? Where are the leadership holes? What can your community do that it is not presently doing? Not only will we ask these questions — we’ll help you confront the answers and grow your capacity to implement.

Everyone wants easy answers to their challenges. But achieving goals almost always requires behavioral change. We’ll help you identify these adaptive challenges. When business as usual fails, we’ll help you figure out why. Not only will we ask the hard questions — we’ll help you confront the answers and grow your capacity to implement.

By helping you make choices.

Success demands choices. Sometimes, those choices can be tough. But we’ll lead you through them with a series of meaningful exercises. We don’t believe in planning for planning’s sake. These projects will spur action even before your finished document goes to print.

We believe in building while designing. Which priorities are “must haves”? Which are “nice-to-haves”? Who will put their money where their mouth is? Will government pay for what it says it wants? Will the private sector do its part?

czb's methods require that your community be ready to make hard choices.
czb's methods require that your community be prepared to make hard choices.

By helping you make choices.

Success demands choices. Sometimes, those choices can be tough. But we’ll lead you through them with a series of meaningful exercises. We don’t believe in planning for planning’s sake. These projects will spur action even before your finished document goes to print.
public engagement is one of czb's most important methods.

With real public engagement.

Most traditional planning consultants will ask you to list your values on flip charts or give feedback using the latest app. That’s all well and good, but we believe in something more genuine.

We’ll facilitate a sincere, open dialogue in your community that’s designed to surface the values your community holds dear, the priorities it believes require action, and the principles on which actions should be based and evaluated.

By relying on you.

We’re not here to tell you what to do. When our work is done, we’ll leave town and you’ll be in charge of making the change your community says it wants.

That’s why we rely on people who have skin in the game. In the early stages, they’ll serve as a representative steering committee. When your strategy is adopted, they’ll become champions for the work that comes next.

czb's methods rely on an engaged, active community.
czb's methods rely on an engaged, active community.

By relying on you.

We’re not here to tell you what to do. When our work is done, we’ll leave town and you’ll be in charge of making the change your community says it wants.

That’s why we rely on people who have skin in the game. In the early stages, they’ll serve as a representative steering committee. When your strategy is adopted, they’ll become champions for the work that comes next.

Where czb has worked

czb has worked in communities across the nation, from Alaska to Florida and from Maine to New Mexico.

Interested in learning about czb’s philosophy? Read insights from our interdisciplinary team, which includes some of the country’s finest minds in community development.

czbLLC

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Alexandria, VA 22301

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czbLLC

2017, czbLLC. all rights reserved

2001 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

703.548.3708
info@czb.org

What  |  How  |  Where
Team  |  News  |  Insights
Contact