Research and

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While our work is responsive to community needs, it tends to take these forms.

Competency and Services

  • Engagement Planning
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviewing
  • Peer Research
  • Data Analysis
  • Engagement Sessions
  • Public Presentations
  • Surveying
  • Desktop Research
  • Policy Research

“The Brocade team facilitated a process and created an environment that was not only welcoming and inclusive, but repaired relationships with community members who had previously felt their voices were unheard.”

— Kate Pearce, Executive Director, Dix Park, City of Raleigh

“Brocade brings high emotional intelligence coupled with quick situational analysis. They can read a room well and move stakeholders to consensus, or tease out unseen consensus.”

— Adam Kenney, Managing Director of Programs, Bridgeway Capital

“With Brocade’s facilitation and with good input from the Board, the result was a focused and realistic, but challenging, long-range plan. The whole process was executed with efficiency, humor, and excellent insights into our long-term hopes.”

— Jay Johnston, Jr., Board Chair, Polegreen Foundation

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Selected Work

Hill CDC

Since Pittsburgh's founding, the city’s Black community has been rooted in the Hill. Today the Hill District is experiencing development pressure from all sides as real estate values rise. The Hill CDC has taken the lead in resisting pressures that don't center the interest of existing residents. Brocade worked with the CDC, using data analysis, research, and engagement to develop an ambitious plan of action focused on changing the socio-economic prospects of the neighborhood without displacing people. If the plan is successful, it will demonstrate a national model for equitable community-led development.

NC Museum of History

Thirty years after opening, the North Carolina Museum of History is planning for a $100M+ generational expansion. To ensure the new exhibits reflect the stories and voices of a growing state, the Brocade team is facilitating a year-long and statewide engagement process for the Museum. Using a range of engagement methods, we’re gathering (and will soon synthesize) a wide array of perspectives.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Starting with a vision of ensuring their community was one of the best places in the country to age with dignity, the Federation engaged Brocade to lead a nearly year-long engagement and research process focused on the needs of older adults. With insights drawn from interviewing, small group sessions, peer research, and data analysis, we arrived at six clear goals supported by 20 concrete actions.

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