Strategy Development

With our strategic consultancy services, we work closely with clients to develop strategies that:

  • Implement new economic solutions based on rigorous independent economic analysis.
  • Transform local and regional economies so they work for their communities.
  • Contribute to tackling wellbeing, environmental and climate change challenges.
  • Create new ways of working that recognise social value and environmental impact.

Regional and local government and their communities  

We work with combined authorities, local government, and local stakeholders to develop economic strategies that:

  • Address inequalities and the challenges of climate change.
  • Create new opportunities for local people and new ways of working.
  • Develop urban and rural liveable communities and neighbourhoods.

We help our clients to:

  • Develop and apply a new economic model to local industrial strategies and economic development policies.
  • Develop place-specific strategies to guide recovery to a better, greener economy with more good jobs.
  • Understand the data in order to identify gaps they need to address through policy changes. 
  • Identify priority areas for action.

Charities, non-profits, progressive businesses

We work with charitable foundations, unions, professional bodies and other socially responsible organisations internationally.

We help our clients to:

  • Use a strategic framework for determining appropriate and achievable outcomes.
  • Use data to progress their social purpose campaigns.
  • Design liveable communities and neighbourhoods.
  • Explore the contribution of their activities and supply chains on social, economic and environmental impacts. 



Local transformation

NEF Consulting works with regional and local authorities who recognise that the old model of economic growth is failing and that the pandemic has exacerbated, not created, many of the issues. We help develop strategies that promote wellbeing and address inequalities and the challenges of climate change.

We help our clients to:

  • Identify priorities for action.
  • Make decisions based on data and insights.
  • Develop economic strategies that address inequality, promote wellbeing across communities, and make ambitious carbon zero targets achievable.
  • Develop an action plan to implement the strategy.
  • Follow a shared agenda through a democratic participatory process.

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Labour market analysis

We help organisations to assess national, regional and local labour markets, providing:

  • Robust analysis that supports insight-led communication strategies and campaigns to leverage change.
  • Advice on local economic strategies to support the creation of good quality, green jobs that pay a living wage.

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Environment– impact on wellbeing

NEF Consulting supports understanding of the contribution of the environment to wellbeing through research and analysis.

We help clients to understand the importance of access to nature for all, and how green spaces – whether in an urban or rural environment – can impact wellbeing outcomes.

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Sustainable development and climate change - policy and impact

We help clients to model, evaluate and understand the sustainable development implications of policies and interventions, from a local to international level. 

We offer support in:

  • Assessing policy against UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Understanding the socioeconomic impacts of climate change.
  • Ecosystem services modelling, with a particular focus on marine and coastal environments.

We also have specific expertise in working with international institutions to develop country climate risk profiles.

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Strategic Theory of Change

We support clients to develop strategic theories of change, and to develop an understanding of how and why change happens. Three principles underpin our approach:

  • Co-design: We use a participatory approach.
  • Feasible and robust: We use proven methodologies to clarify the need, goals, mission and vision of the organisation, how planned activities will drive the desired change.
  • Develop understanding: We act not just as a facilitator of a process, but as a ‘critical friend’ offering insights and challenge throughout the process.

We can extend the programme of support to acting as a critical friend in the development of an outcomes measurement framework for use in strategic planning. 

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Training Programme
Strategic overviews and practical training.

We offer online training and facilitate workshops, primarily for local authorities. Topics currently include Theory of Change, measuring social impact, commissioning for outcomes, co-production, and more.

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