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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 challenges, and the tools to measure the impact these ideas have in improving people's lives. 

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


  • Led the redesign of the U.S. Federal Government's digital hiring portal USAJOBS.GOV to transform the hiring experience for 2 billion visitors a year 

  • Increasing access to health school lunches for children around the country and saving $600M in taxpayer dollars in partnership with The United States Food and Drug Administration

  • ​Helping The City of Mobile, AL reduce blight by 58%

  • Supporting The City of Tel Aviv, Israel in creating a digital platform to connect parents to over 600 new educational and supportive services for their children

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How we support you


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 learn how to 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 that transforms the future of your organization.   


Generate new ideas to tackle your toughest challenges. 
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.


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