Gathering information and creating community consensus. Within any organization or community, people have vastly different ideas, values and sensitivities. Community outreach and engagement is all about gathering input across multiple groups of people with a variety of perspectives and making them all feel invested in a project. At The Novak Consulting Group, we use a number of techniques – from simple to highly innovative – to mine information that leads to finding common goals. Surveys and focus groups are common tools. We’re also trained and experienced in Future Search, the innovative community engagement technique developed in Australia. Using Future Search, we can effectively engage up to 100 participants in discussions about everything from reinventing an organization’s capital infrastructure to developing a strategic plan for a community.