Strategy

Great strategy is rooted in an aspirational vision of an organization or a community’s desired future, coupled with keen insight into the current situation.

We collaborate with our clients to develop action-oriented plans and consensus about the way forward. Our plans bridge from strategy to implementation.

Services

  • Business Planning
  • Economic & Workforce Development Strategy
  • Emergency Management & Public Safety Planning
  • Foundation Investment Strategy
  • Strategic Planning for Communities
  • Strategic Planning for Organizations
 

Representative Projects

  • Alderwood Water & Wastewater District, Strategic Plan
  • City of Burien, Strategic Plan
  • Greenwich Library, Strategic Plan
  • Municipal Research & Services Center, Strategic Plan
  • Pioneer Human Services, Business Plan Support
  • Raikes Foundation, Opportunity Youth Investment Strategy Development
  • City of Snohomish, Strategic Plan
  • Thurston County, Strategic Plan
  • City of Tukwila, Strategic Plan

Policy

We analyze public policy questions and help decision makers develop policy that uses taxpayer resources efficiently and benefits local communities.

Our work is based on quantitative and qualitative research supported by expert facilitation skills and a nuanced understanding of financial and political realities.

Services

  • Community & Housing Needs Assessments
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Policy Research & Best Practices
  • Program Design & Development
  • Committee Foundation & Development Recommendations
 

Representative Projects

  • Association of Washington Cities, Study of the Impacts of Marijuana Legalization
  • City of Ellensburg, Housing Needs Assessment
  • Joint Transportation Committee, Local Agency Efficiencies
  • Hopelink, Community Needs Assessment
  • Office of Financial Management, Analysis of Statewide Adult Correctional Needs & Costs
  • King County, Low Income Fare Advisory Committee and Recommendations
  • City of Seattle, Recommendations for the Seattle Preschool Program
  • City of Sammamish, Health and Human Services Community Needs Assessment
  • Washington State Transportation Committee, Road Usage Charge Feasibility Study and Pilot Project

Planning

Our planning practice fosters sustainable and resilient communities, well-prepared to make wise long-term decisions and meet challenges as they arise.

Our approach to community planning integrates land use, economics, and fiscal analysis with comprehensive planning and SEPA review.

Services

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Development Regulation Review & Development
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Planned Actions 
  • Shoreline Master Programs
  • Subarea Planning
  • Voluntary Stewardship Programs 
 

Representative Projects

  • City of Bellevue, Wilburton Commercial Area Land Use & Transportation Project EIS
  • City of Bonney Lake, Centers Subarea & Watershed Planning
  • Benton County, Chelan County, and Yakima County Voluntary Stewardship Plans
  • Kitsap County, Comprehensive Plan Update and SEIS 
  • City of Mount Vernon, Code Update
  • Pierce County, Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan
  • City of Seattle, North Rainier Urban Village Assessment
  • City of Seattle, Uptown Urban Center Rezone EIS
  • City of Shoreline, Aurora Square Planned Action EIS
  • Shoreline Master Programs: Cities of Chelan, Bothell, DuPont, Yakima, and Benton County
  • City of Sumner, Parks & Trails Plan Update
  • City of Woodinville, Comprehensive Plan Update
  • City of Yakima, Comprehensive Plan Update

Finance

We are experts in municipal and infrastructure finance, and have developed financial models and financing strategies for jurisdictions, districts, and agencies.

We help our clients plan, manage, and sustain their communities through strong public services, smart tax policies, and thoughtful capital facility planning.

Services

  • Annexations & Incorporation Analysis
  • Capital Facilities Planning
  • Financial Feasibility
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis & Strategy
  • Funding, Rate & Fee Studies
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis & Strategy
  • Municipal Service Delivery
  • Tax Burden Analysis
 

Representative Projects

  • City of Bellingham, Library Services & Funding Models
  • City of Kirkland, Annexation Analysis
  • Oregon Health Authority, Cost of Foundational Public Health Services
  • Port of Douglas County, North End Site Master Plan EIS & Capital Facilities Plan
  • Renton Regional Fire Authority, Capital Facilities Plan & Fire Impact Fee Study
  • City of Tukwila, Fire & Parks Impact Fee Study
  • Washington Department of Health, Foundational Public Health Services Cost Assessment
  • City of Bremerton, West Bremerton Annexation Analysis

Economics

We bring an innovative, rigorous and cross-disciplinary approach to economic analysis.

We help clients understand underlying economic conditions and their strategic challenges and opportunities, translating demographic and market conditions into succinct policy options and scenarios.

Services

  • Cost-Benefits Analysis
  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Industry Cluster Analysis
  • Market & Demographic Analysis
  • Transportation Economics
 

Representative Projects

  • ArtsFund, Social Impact Study
  • City of Bonney Lake, Economic Development Strategy
  • City of Edmonds, Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study
  • King County, Marymoor Economic Impact Study
  • City of Lakewood, Central Business District Assessment
  • Puget Sound Regional Council, Space Industry Study
  • San Francisco Public Library, Return on Investment Study for the Branch Library Improvement Program
  • Washington State Department of Transportation, Gateway Economic Benefits Analysis

Evaluation

We evaluate programs and processes to assess and measure effectiveness, equity, impact, and outcomes. 

BERK conducts comprehensive management studies, program and process evaluations, and performance reviews for public agencies and non-profits.

Services

  • Dashboards
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Program & Process Evaluation
 

Representative Projects

  • Aspen Institute, 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Demonstration Cities
  • Department of Early Learning, Early Learning Support for Infant and Toddlers Cost Study
  • King County Housing Authority, Community Choice Evaluation
  • King County Department of Transportation, Rural Roads Evaluation
  • Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning, Child Care Assistance Program Landscape Analysis
  • Washington State Auditor's Office, Developmental Disabilities in Washington: Increasing Access and Equality
  • Washington Department of Health, Foundational Public Health Services Shared Services Evaluation

Engagement + Facilitation

A productive and enjoyable planning process requires expert facilitation and stakeholder engagement.

We put considerable effort into designing engaging meetings that involve the group in the right conversation at the right time.

Services

  • Committee & Work Group Facilitation
  • Online and Intercept Surveys
  • Public Outreach Planning & Implementation
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Retreat Facilitation
 

Representative Projects

  • King County Prosecutor’s Office, Retreat Facilitation 
  • Washington State Department of Health, Leadership Team Retreat
  • King County, Low Income Fare Advisory Committee & Task Force
  • Pierce County Library System, Strategic Plan
  • City of Shoreline, City Council and Leadership Retreat
  • Thurston County, Strategic Plan
  • Washington State Ferries, Reservations System Implementation Outreach & Engagement
  • Washington State Transportation Commission, Washington State Transportation Plan 2030 & 2035 Update

Data Analytics + GIS

Data analysis is fundamental to our practice and integrated into all our work.

Our staff are trained in advanced analytical techniques, tool development, and information design to help clients develop clear and actionable insights.

Services

  • Cartographic Design & Visualization
  • Customized Open-source Online Mapping Tools
  • Database Design & Interactive Dashboards
  • GIS & Spatial Data Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis & Modeling
 

Representative Projects

  • Port of Chelan, Commercial & Industrial Lands Analysis & Tool Development
  • City of Tacoma, Community Needs Assessment
  • School’s Out Washington, Out of School Time Landscape Analysis - Online Mapping Tool