Stakeholder engagement, ready, set, go

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Stakeholder engagement seems to be the latest buzz in government. Many agencies are grappling with what it means, where to use it and how to implement it.

At Ethos it’s not just a fad, but at the core of all we do. We believe that by having an engagement mindset, organizations reap significant rewards, including a higher likelihood of program success.

But where do you start? This is a question we often get so we are sharing four steps to get your started on the road to stakeholder engagement.

Step 1: Know your stakeholders

Who are your stakeholders? Start with a clean whiteboard and brainstorm all the groups that your program impacts as well as what groups and people impact your direction funding and ability to be successful.

Reach out and touch your stakeholder! Interview them, survey them, hold feedback sessions and go out and meet with them where they live and work. Try to understand what motivates these groups. What do they think about your organization and programs? Who influences their opinions generally? How do they want to receive information from you?

This work takes time, but you may be surprised how much your perspective and approach may change when you get out of your office and talk to your stakeholders.

Step 2: Map your stakeholders

Now that you know your stakeholders better, you  can begin to categorize them by how they impact your organization.  We like to think about level of interest and level and influence. This will help you later determine how best to engage them and what communication channels are most helpful in reaching them.

Step 3: Create a plan

Now you are ready to begin to build your plan. You will want to identify your major goals and key messages and determine which groups you target in which order. You will also need to determine what type of communication vehicles you will use according to the stakeholder mapping you did previously. Below is an example of different methods you might use with different stakeholders.

Step 4: Engage, Engage, Engage!

Once the plan is in place it’s time to execute. This means continuing to talk to your stakeholders. But real engagement happens when you listen. This means making sure your programs reflect their needs and that you are committed to seeing through their eyes.

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Six new projects in six months!

By | News, Partnership Building

Wow – what a whirlwind of great projects we have been fortunate to work on. Over the past months we have been busy bringing our services to new mission-focused clients.

We have been focused on a wide range of service offerings, including:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Organizational Design
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Facilitation
  • Accessibility Consulting
  • Community Solar

Welcome new clients from:

  • U.S. Forest Service’s Engineering, Technology and Geospatial (ETG)
  • GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP)
  • GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • DC Department of General Services (DGS)
  • DC’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)

Are you working at these agencies already? Let’s talk more about how we can support each other to deliver on agency mission. Contact us!

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Ethos takes DC government by storm

By | News, Solar

This spring, we became a District of Columbia Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) as a local, small, disadvantaged and resident-owned business.

We are also now offering our services under the DC Supply Schedule, which  is similar to GSA’s multiple-award schedule, allowing for a more streamlined purchasing process for CBEs.

We already have two new and exciting projects with the Department of the Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Department of General Services (DGS).

First we were awarded a grant to expand solar power to affordable housing residents. We will help manage the implementation of multiple solar canopies through effective stakeholder engagement and project management across the city.

Additionally, Ethos is working with DGS to provide compliance consulting services. We will help ensure that the businesses they work with are complying with the various laws related to sourcing and subcontracting.

As the majority of the Ethos team are District residents, we are especially proud to now be working in our hometown!

Learn more about our other government contracting vehicles.

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Ethos helps DC Girls win national baseball tournament

By | News, Volunteering

All our hard work building websites and fundraising for DC Girls Baseball (DCGB) paid off!

Since Fall 2015, we have provided pro bono services for this all-girls baseball organization that gives girls 13 and under the opportunity to play baseball at the highest levels, cultivating their skills and offering them the chance to build a sense of belonging with girls who love to play.

This summer all their hard work came to a head in Rockford, IL when DCGB’s 13U team won the Baseball For All national tournament. Go team!

DC Girls Baseball is an all-girls baseball organization based in Washington, DC. The only girls baseball team in the region, it draws girls ages 13 and under from across the District and around the DC metro area, giving them the opportunity to play baseball at the highest levels, cultivating their skills and offering them the chance to build a sense of belonging with girls who love to play.