AO2 Consulting/ Aroundsquare Ltd. provides a range of consulting services to private, public, non-profit, and inter-governmental clients across the development sector. Our roots are in the education sector, but over the years we have expanded our in-house technical expertise, talent pool, and service offerings to cover the broader social sector, including significant expertise post-conflict contexts and fragile states. We significant expertise in monitoring and evaluation, results-based management, prorgamme design, capacity building systems, and a wide range of change management roles. We consult exclusively on assignments which are aligned with our own mandate to support positive social transformation. The model we use to describe this process, and the specific services we offer to support it, are outlined below.
Prioritization: data-based decision-making (including data analysis); agenda-setting; stakeholder engagement; focus groups; consensus-building; facilitation; needs assessment; quality at entry assessments (QEA); situation analysis; sector mapping..
Deconstruction: monitoring and evaluation (M&E); quantitative and qualitative research; data analysis; gap analysis; impact assessment; capacity assessment; action research; barrier reduction..
Reorientation: program design; design of results frameworks and logic models; performance measurement and indicator development; process-mapping; work planning; curriculum development; instructional design; capacity building on relevant topics, such as: results-based management (RBM), data-informed decision-making, school leadership, professional learning communities (PLCs)..
Institutionalization: systematization; system mapping; support for replication and scaling up; sustainability planning; exit strategy development; template design; policy development; program reporting; development of handbooks, manuals, and standard operating procedures (SOPs)..
Disruption: awareness raising; leadership and advocacy; community organizing; materials design; toy development; written publications; and artistic work
For more information and examples of our work, please check out our publications and presentations. We would be happy to provide reference information for any of the services listed. We have experience with most major donor organizations, and in most regions, including extensive experience across Asia, and in the Middle East and North Africa region.