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Landscape Analysis

Understand your dynamic field and clarify your place within it

Solving complex social problems takes collaboration among many stakeholders. Today’s challenges are too big for any institution to tackle alone.

Landscape analysis maps the field in which you aim to make a difference. TCC’s process involves collecting data on key players and their interrelationships; the perspectives of diverse actors, including those most impacted; strategies for change, such as policy, research, advocacy, and organizing; and funding trends and gaps. We tap qualitative and quantitative data, appreciating that there are multiple stories to tell.

Our hallmark approach translates findings into actionable reports and participatory learning conversations. In close collaboration, we help you clarify where you can make a distinctive difference, aligned with your institutional priorities, resources, capacities, and networks.

Our Tailored Approach Delivers:

Ecosystem Mapping

When you’re seeking to have impact, it is essential to understand the environment in which you’re working and how others contribute to shared aims. We survey a broad array of actors, investigating their interrelationships and the strategies they pursue to make change.

Our tailored approach identifies key stakeholders and potential partners, such as communities most affected, nonprofits, funders, public officials, researchers, and business leaders. We assess critical field trends and changing dynamics: the state of policymaking, media and cultural trends, social movement progress, socioeconomic conditions, funding priorities, and other dynamics.

Attuned to your organization’s distinct learning needs, our actionable results include visual and narrative reports, case studies, facilitated learning conversations, and creative presentations.

Insights from TCC’s landscape analysis help you clarify where you can provide distinct value, aligned with your mission, goals, resources, and capacities in collaboration with others.

Stakeholder Engagement

With landscape analysis as the foundation, we help you build authentic and productive relationships with the stakeholders in the ecosystem in which you seek to have impact. We guide you to thoughtfully engage with the right people at the right time. Our services include engagement planning and design, alliance building, relationship management, database development, and community activation.

At TCC Group we engage stakeholders who are representative of your communities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a formative framework for our stakeholder and ecosystem work. We help you hear from all the voices in your field, particularly those less well-served or historically disenfranchised.

Field Research, Integration & Analysis

To guide in strategy development, we’re often asked to help organizations develop a broad understanding of a dynamic field, social challenge, or topical issue area. These inquiries explore questions such as: What are other key actors doing in this field? How do communities most affected perceive their greatest needs and priorities? Whose voices are engaged in making change and who is missing? How do our current priorities align with outstanding field needs?

We gather rich qualitative data to answer these questions and others through approaches that include first-hand observations, interviews, ethnographic data, and participatory action research.

In addition to field-based work, we conduct quantitative research to make sense of larger field trends.  Our methods typically include desk research, review of public datasets, and literature reviews.

Our combined research approaches yield:

  • Benchmarking – analyses of how comparable organizations focus their efforts,
  • Promising practices – identification of methods proven to make a difference in your field, and
  • Lessons learned – discussions of how relevant others have designed programs with shared aims and assessment of the strengths and limitations of various approaches.

Insights from field research and landscape mapping often inform strategy development and planning, program design, and partnership development.

“There was some shared analysis about how we show up in Miami, what our role is in the local ecosystem … Because TCC helped us understand how others see us, we could better grapple with questions about what we should be doing and how we should be doing it.”

Gretchen Beesing, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Miami