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Innovation. Transformation. Impact.

We help public and social sector organizations build a culture of innovation, solve complex problems in new ways, and develop creative ideas, programs, and services that transform people’s lives.

At Ascendant we bring you world class innovation skills and experience to generate new solutions to your toughest social challenges for your community and your organization, and the tools to measure the impact these ideas have in improving lives. 

Ascendant has been responsible for social impact projects ranging from recidivism, housing equality, homelessness, community safety, blight, economic development, access to services, and infrastructure. Some outcomes of our work include:


  • The United States Food and Drug Administration increased access to healthy school lunches for children around the country and saved $600M in taxpayer dollars

  • ​The City of Mobile, AL reduced blight by 53%

  • The City of Tel Aviv, Israel created a digital platform to connect parents to over 600 new services for their children

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Our services


Build a workforce that innovates.

We will customize our world-class human-centered design curriculum and teaching methods that have been tested with thousands of people around the world to help your organization tackle complex problems in new ways.


Create a roadmap for the future.  
From a clear innovation mission and vision to operational metrics and a staffing plan, we will help you define a clear path to build a culture of innovation and feel confident in the steps to get you there.   


Generate bold ideas that
improve lives. 

By coaching or embedding in your existing teams, we will apply our time tested innovation approach to help you  generate new and successful physical and digital services that generate impact you can measure.  


What do we mean by innovation?

We believe innovation is more than a buzzword. Innovation can generate both incremental and transformative impact, but it requires specific mindsets, expertise, equitable stakeholder and community engagement, and a customized human-centered approach.  


We use and teach a proven method that combines multiple innovation approaches to generate the best outcomes for your organization. This includes: human-centered design, community engagement, data analysis, behavioral economics, strategic planning, and performance management.


By combining these skills and developing a customized engagement that meets your specific needs, we can help you to deliver results that have measurable impact.