Portfolio: A few samples of our work
Facilitation, qualitative research, training, and visualization
Dane County Pretrial Justice: Data pilot
To better understand opportunities for criminal justice reform, we created a visual representation of how people move through the pre-trial system, paying particular attention to potential for being detained.
Visioning: UW Health Mindfulness Program
Increasing partnerships with diverse community organizations told the UW Health Mindfulness Program that it was time for a clear vision, mission and values. VisuaLeverage worked with staff to co-design a fully-engaged process to define the program's current and future efforts more clearly.
Mapping "ecosystems" for social change
Creative Catalysts, a collaborator in the Twin Cities, asked VisuaLeverage to co-design graphics depicting complex social and economic systems. The maps would be used by the United Way of the Greater Twin Cities to help guide their strategic planning.
Organizing for wellness
The Madison Area Wellness Collective, a group of nearly 80 wellness professionals, asked VisuaLeverage to design a process to get them moving toward a more formal organizational structure. We obliged, offering a visually rich, interactive session and options about how to organize themselves to best reach their goals.
Graphic recording to inform a new pastor
First Baptist Church is a 140-year-old progressive congregation in Madison. When they held discussions to garner member insights about how to set the stage for a new pastor, they asked VisuaLeverage to help design the process and capture those insights for the new pastor and the wider congregation.
Teaching MPH students to think in systems
Public health master's students at UW-Madison need systems thinking to address complex problems. We designed an interactive series to help them "think in systems" and visualize the elements, relationships, and purposes of public health and medical care systems.
Visual facilitation: Community engaged health assessment
The North Shore Health Department needed a process to fully engage community members in identifying health priorities. VisuaLeverage worked with staff to design a visual engagement event, where community members got to review data and survey results, adding insights and action ideas of their own.
Consulting on federal 340B drug discount program
Rx|x is a small consulting firm that helps large health systems ensure compliance and take full advantage of the 340B drug discount program. Using a combination of health policy training and art, VisuaLeverage is creating a video to help prospective clients understand why Rx|x adds so much value to the health system enterprise.
Teaching visual methods
The facilitators of the Adaptive Schools Foundations 4-day Seminar invited VisuaLeverage to provide a mini-course on several fundamentals of visual methods. They learned how going visual can support learning, memory, and the presentation of concepts. Host Jeannette Deloya of Peloton Consulting said, "Participants and instructors alike dug in immediately, applying new learning to the development of 2-minute presentations on new concepts, which all shared with considerable energy and great receptivity. We knocked it out of the park! Thanks, Mary, for making your time and gifts available to us!"
Visuals for the Driftless
Driftless Development, Inc., an economic development agency working in Crawford County, WI and surrounding counties, invited VisuaLeverage to depict the priorities identified by community members during and after a community discussion focusing on economic development.
Forward Theater Company's 10th Anniversary Display
Forward Theater Company, who is celebrating their tenth anniversary season in 2018-2019, asked VisuaLeverage to design and produce a 16' x 6' display that hangs between the Capitol Playhouse doors during each of the four anniversary season productions.
Facilitated engagement: Member education event with Destination Madison
Destination Madison asked VisuaLeverage to design an education session for their members focused on generating memorable customer experiences. We facilitated a "visual pro-action cafe," where participants generated the topics for discussion. VisuaLeverage captured their insights in three follow-up illustrated articles, and Destination Madison shared those with a broader set of members.
Making Centro's values visible
Working with Centro Hispano of Dane County, design a process to engage staff and board in ensuring new values statements are incorporated into the way work gets done.
Data for Impact Conference
The Data for Impact Conference is a day-long event held during Madison's Annual ForwardFest, a citywide gathering of tech and social entrepreneurs. In August, VisuaLeverage hosted a 90-minute workshop on communicating complex information.
Large employer responses to the opioid epidemic
The National Safety Council, a grantee of the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, needed a qualitative analysis of interviews from large employers (>25,000 employees) about their responses to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. In just under 15 days, VisuaLeverage provided a detailed analysis with recommendations.
Data for Impact 2018: Visualizing data for action
VisuaLeverage offered a workshop during the 2018 Data for Impact conference, held during ForwardFest. Participants engaged in lively exercises to design more compelling ways to use their data to drive action.
A workshop to boost active listening
The Global Business Travel Association Wisconsin Chapter wanted a conference workshop focused on how to boost communication skills. We offered a visual, interactive session for their members.
Visualizing complex systems: Mapping criminal justice reform
Criminal justice reform is complex. In Dane County, VisuaLeverage is supporting the work of the Criminal Justice Council to visualize how data system integration can reveal opportunities for pretrial diversion.
Revealing insights for a board and staff retreat
When the Dane County Board asked VisuaLeverage to design a retreat for committee chairs and staff, we captured data before the retreat and made it visual. That way, everyone could see priorities and gaps.