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What We Do

Since 1990, Kauffman & Associates, Inc., (KAI) a Native American, woman-owned small professional services firm with locations in Silver Spring, MD, and Spokane, WA, has provided high-quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, communications, meeting and event planning, grants support, and management support services.

Research and Evaluation

By embedding empirical practices in existing cultural paradigms of knowledge and investigation, KAI works to increase local capacity and sustainability.

  • Evaluation Planning and Implementation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Process and Outcome Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Focus Groups
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Literature Reviews
  • Research Analysis and Synthesis
  • OMB and IRB Clearance

Training and Technical Assistance

KAI’s approach is built on our belief in the capacity of communities, agencies, and individuals to improve. We seek to nurture this capacity by providing training and technical assistance services that are tailored to the needs of our clients and infused with cultural sensitivity.

  • Needs Assessment
  • Training Curriculum Development
  • Resource Collection Development
  • Expert Consultant Recruitment
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Multimodal Information Dissemination Methods
  • Face-to-Face and Virtual Training
  • Training and Technical Assistance Product Development
  • Evaluation Support


KAI works closely with our clients to shape key communications strategies and support them with creative solutions that are fresh, on target, and always respectful of tradition and culture.

  • Communications, Assessment, and Planning
  • Consumer Research and Audience Segmentation
  • Campaign Evaluation
  • Strategic Messaging
  • Digital Storytelling
  • New Media
  • Targeted Community Outreach
  • Print and Electronic Materials Development
  • Multimedia Production
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Media Planning and Buying
  • Brand Development and Logo Design

As part of our communications services, KAI also provides the following IT solutions:

  • Database Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning
  • Information Architecture and Design
  • Information and Document Management
  • Security Applications
  • Accessibility Planning
  • Report Programming 

Meeting and Event Planning

KAI coordinates meetings every year for an array of federal agency offices, as well as state and tribal governments, tailoring products for each event based on size, complexity, location, audience, and subject matter.

  • Planning Committee Facilitation
  • Venue Identification and Contract Negotiations
  • Full Event Logistics (travel, hotel, transportation, and audiovisual)
  • Speaker Identification and Support
  • Event Promotion and Outreach
  • Event Materials Design, Development, and Production
  • Event Websites and Online Registration Systems
  • Cultural Activities
  • Exhibit and Vendor Support
  • Pre-, Onsite, and Post-Event Support
  • Virtual Meeting Solutions (e.g. webinars and webcasts)

Grants Support

Whether it’s a funder in need of services to develop and manage successful grant programs, or a grantee looking to successfully apply for, implement, manage, and evaluate their funded programs, KAI provides the full range of grant support services they need to succeed.

  • Grant Application Peer Review
  • Management and Coordination
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) Reviewer Identification and Recruitment
  • Reviewer Database Development and Maintenance
  • Grant Management
  • Grant Monitoring
  • Grantee Training and Technical Assistance

Management Support

From convening meetings and providing logistical support to economic development and tribal consultations, KAI provides management support services to private-sector businesses and federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy Analysis
  • Economic and Community Development and Support
  • Facilitation and Mediation
  • Organizational Development
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Tribal Consultation
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