WELLSPRING GROUP CONSULTING, LLC
Wellspring Group Consulting, LLC is an Alaska-based consulting firm that focuses on community-based research, data-driven program evaluation, stakeholder engagement, as well as grant development and management.
We work hand in hand with our clients in order to facilitate efforts that address issues of practical relevance to the community, feature reciprocal involvement from all parties, and are action-oriented. We are committed to enacting local visions of change through intentional and collaborative approaches to research and community development.
With backgrounds in the social sciences, the Wellspring Group staff is passionate about community-based research efforts that address issues that are locally relevant, feature collaborative approaches, and are action-oriented. We seek to formulate research plans that place local voices in control of the research design, its implementation, and the dissemination and sharing of results.
Our approach to program evaluation focuses on collaboration. We aim to create meaningful partnerships in order to help improve your projects and programs, track changes over time, build capacity, and showcase your successes. With experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, we can design and implement appropriate instruments based on your specific goals and objectives.
We work with your team to evaluate and enhance your project or program as it is being delivered, and effectively communicate the successes of your efforts.
Research and development that fully integrates local perceptions, preferences, and desires produces the most favorable outcomes. Rural Alaskans deserve to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to decisions that affect their communities, and we are committed to facilitating efforts that prioritize substantive representation in research/development processes, relationship building, communication, and the sharing and dissemination of project outputs.
Let us help you design a genuine and effective stakeholder engagement strategy that respects local contexts.
GRANT DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
We believe in the importance of submitting grant proposals rooted in strength rather than deficiency. Through an assets-based approach, we work closely with our partners to outline their goals and objectives in working towards successful proposals. Our extensive experience within Alaska, combined with our knowledge of a diverse funding landscape, means we can offer a personal touch.
Our team can compile a list of project-specific funding prospects, develop original grant material, submit proposals, and manage reporting. Furthermore, we work hand in hand with our clients to develop evaluation plans that are tailored to the requirements of the funder and are specifically designed to make your projects and programs thrive.
KATE HOHMAN BILLMEIER
Together with Caleb, Kate helped found Wellspring Group Consulting. Kate believes that local voices should help determine, design, and control projects that enhance the well-being of their communities. In founding Wellspring Group, Kate envisions working with communities to build on their existing assets to connect, strengthen, and grow their capacity to do good work.
Since 2010, Kate has taught Political Science and Women’s Studies in the University of Alaska system. Kate also worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Research as part of a monitoring and evaluation team for a multi-year federally-funded health project in Alaska. She has worked as a consultant in rural Alaska conducting studies on the impact of development projects on subsistence practices. Prior to her work in Alaska, Kate worked at an international INGO focused on helping women living in conflict-affected countries recover from war.
Kate received her BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington and her MA in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University. She received her PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2014.
Kate lives in Seldovia, Alaska with her family.
Co-founder of Wellspring Group Consulting, he and Kate are the driving force behind the vision, goals, and operations of the business. Caleb worked as a consultant in rural Alaska for eight years, researching the impacts of state and federally-funded development projects on local subsistence practices and cultural resources. He has also worked as a tribal Grants Manager in his hometown of Seldovia, Alaska and as a contributor to a non-profit that seeks to educate and engage the public on Alaska’s natural resource issues.
Prior to his work in Alaska, Caleb participated in collaborative research programs at the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) in Patan, Nepal. He also helped develop a community-based model for heritage tourism in the Indian state of Uttarakhand while working at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in Delhi, India. He received his M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009, following a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in 2004.
Caleb and Kate spent nearly a decade as a commercial fishing family in Bristol Bay, and continue to live and work in rural Alaska. He lives with his wife and two kids in Seldovia, Alaska.
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