TerraLuna is a cooperative consulting firm specializing in evaluation, organization and program development, and research.

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What We Stand For

What We Stand For

Spirited Work

We come to work every day with a fire in our bellies and a love for our work. We strive to work with organizations that share that same spirit. It’s that same fire that prompted us to set out in pursuit of an audacious vision…We can collaboratively heal our communities (and ourselves) and eliminate inequities by helping organizations create the impact to which they aspire.

Strategic and Systemic Collaboration

We believe that to create responsive strategies and solutions to social challenges on a large-scale, organizations (including government, nonprofits, and the business sector) need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal and principles.  We value the fresh insights that come from their different perspectives.

Actionable Change and Innovation

We believe that evaluation done strategically can lead to actionable change, improved organizational effectiveness, and ultimately, social impact. We recognize each new challenge can be addressed in a variety of ways using a variety of approaches. We ask tough questions and search for answers that stand up to scrutiny, and we embrace difficult choices in order to bring about measurable change. We help organizations create change by understanding how problems have been addressed in the past, offering ideas to create innovative solutions.

Shared Vision

We believe that solving our communities’ greatest challenges requires new ways of thinking, acting, and partnering.  We put this belief in motion by organizing our own business as a cooperative.  This structure calls on us to operate in alignment with cooperative principles recognized around the world, like democratic control, autonomy and independence, concern for community, and education and training, to name a few.

Social Justice and Equity

A free and just society promotes civil and human rights for each individual, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nation of origin, sexual orientation, class, physical ability, mental ability, or age. Through our the projects we choose, the evaluations we design, the methods we select, and the ways in which we engage our partners, we seek to lessens and eliminate:

Prejudice and cultural divisions, which thwart individual and collective efforts towards the common good.

Discriminatory rules, policies, and practices, which harm some communities while favoring other communities.

Structural inequities that negatively impact people of color, women, immigrants, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered people, people with disabilities, and the economically disadvantaged.

What We Do

What We Do

Whether you need to gain more knowledge or implement real-time strategies, our expert consultants will help you navigate every element of education, arts and culture, community and economic development, human services, health care, children and family services and the environment.

Being Strategic

It’s your passionate pursuit of people and the community that brings about results and we help promote your efforts by examining program resources, identifying unrecognized gaps, and quickly implementing the right strategy.

Evaluating Impact

Our approach is unique, tailoring every stage of the process—research, design, data collection and analysis—to the practical needs of your organization. Our team provides expertise to:

• Devise precise research methods and statistical analysis
• Facilitate intensive stakeholder interviews and focus groups

• Conduct surveys (online, text, phone, mail), site visits and observations
• Compile meaningful case studies and executive overviews

Participatory Engagement

Collaboration and responsiveness is essential to your success and once we establish evaluation priorities, we often train your staff to play a role in data collection, analysis, and reporting to promote ongoing results. We believe in the power of lifelong learning.  Drawing from our team of educators we’ll develop curriculum and conduct high-quality training for you or train your facilitators.

Navigating Complexity

When uncertainty is high, key stakeholders can disagree about what to do and how to do it. Many factors influence the environment and undermine control, making predictions problematic. Complexity concepts and systems thinking allows us to work in meaningful ways with stakeholders in complex, changing environments. Core assumptions include:

• Nonlinearity: small actions that produce large reactions
• Emergence: patterns emerge from self-organization among interacting people, departments, organizations, etc.

• Dynamic adaptations: people, departments and organizations respond and adapt to each other in unpredictable ways

Communicating Effectively

We go beyond traditional methods of reporting. Evaluations should be judged by their functionality and usefulness. Findings that are accessible to multiple audiences are ideal and we select from proven templates, written briefs, community meetings, videos, interactive graphs and informal stories to share and solidify your results.

Who We’ve Worked With

Who We’ve Worked With

Case Study: The Northstar Project

Terraluna did this specific work for the Northstar Organization that we want to share with you.

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Case Study: The Northstar Project

Terraluna did this specific work for the Northstar Organization that we want to share with you.

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• 31 Bits, Costa MESA, CA
• Agricultural Health Study, University of Maryland
• American Evaluation Association, Boston, MA
• Angel Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
• Ball Foundation, Glen Ellyn, IL
• Barbara Schneider Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
• Boundless Readers, Chicago, IL
• Candeo Consulting, Downers Grove, IL
• Center City Public Charter Schools, Washington, D.C.
• Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
• Chicago Womens AIDS Project, Chicago, IL
• Clean Up the River Environment (CURE)
• Conflict Resolution Center, Minneapolis, MN
• Connect-2-Protect, Chicago, IL
• Family Services Network, Hennepin County, MN
• Gardening Matters, Minneapolis, MN
• Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Hennepin County, MN
• Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL
• Illinois Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics, Chicago, IL
• Minnesota Department of Education, St. Paul, MN
• Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN
• Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul, MN
• Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul, MN
• N.E. Minneapolis Arts Association, Minneapolis, MN
• National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, Lexington, KY
• New Teacher Center, Santa Cruz, CA // Read the Case Study
• Northside Community Response Team, Minneapolis, MN
• Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, MN
• Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council, Minneapolis, MN
• Office of Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
• Pearson Education, Boston, MA
• People Serving People, Minneapolis, MN
• Perspective Charter Schools, Chicago, IL
• Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh, PA
• School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
• St. Ann’s Place, Minneapolis, MN
• Student Conservation Association, Charleston, NH
• The Innovation Group – NorthPoint Health & Wellness, Minneapolis, MN
• The Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis, MN
• Urban Homeworks, Minneapolis, MN
• Youth Standards Project, Pittsburgh, PA

Foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies rely on TerraLuna to help them develop sophisticated programs, conduct meaningful research, evaluate successes and facilitate change.

Who We Are

Who We Are

After years of working individually, the principals of TerraLuna Collaborative came together to form a cooperative research, evaluation and consulting organization committed to helping programs improve. TerraLuna principals are evaluation and organizational development experts who share a vision of what constitute a high-quality evaluation and who possess skill sets and professional backgrounds that are essential to plan and conduct these evaluation activities.

After years of working individually, the principals of TerraLuna Collaborative came together to form a cooperative research, evaluation and consulting organization committed to helping programs improve. TerraLuna principals are evaluation and organizational development experts who share a vision of what constitute a high-quality evaluation and who possess skill sets and professional backgrounds that are essential to plan and conduct these evaluation activities.

What We’re Up To

What We’re Up To

What we learned from the Northstar Project

Do you believe we can collaboratively heal our communities (and ourselves) and eliminate inequities by helping organizations create the impact to which they aspire? We do too. Do you have a passion for helping organizations create operations processes, policies, and...

Terraluna was just awarded the Pegasus Award!

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TerraLuna is hiring an Operations Associate

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Get in Touch

We are always eager to work with organizations as driven to achieve a more just and equitable world as us. Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

Get in Touch

We are always eager to work with organizations as driven to achieve a more just and equitable world as us. Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!