Galen for homepageEllis Planning Associates Inc (formerly El-Askari Consulting) is an established team of strategic planning, community health, evaluation, program development, and training consultants, specializing in building the capacities of organizations and individuals in the public, non-profit, philanthropic, and small business sectors. We have offices in Nevada City, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.

Our services are tailored to the specific needs of our clients and we encourage high levels of input and participation from program staff and community stakeholders. We offer tools and approaches that simplify involvement and collaboration.


The Enduring Relevance of Logic Models

September 2, 2014

Alongside emerging methods such as Developmental Evaluation and Appreciative Inquiry, evaluators and other program personnel find power and value in the classic Logic Model method. In this six-minute video, Galen Ellis, MPH, discusses her approach.

Virtual Facilitation

June, 2014

Ellis Planning Associates has begun offering virtual facilitation services. We use a set of online collaboration tools designed to bridge the gap between in-person meetings and online real-time alternatives such as webinars that often fail to effectively engage participants. We can draw from a spectrum of engagement tools, such as real-time written comments, polling, high-quality audio and video, and focused conversations in multiple breakout sessions. Persistent, private meeting rooms allow participants to create in one session, and then return to the same place later to edit or continue where they left off. Adobe Connect, our meeting software, has extensive data collection and storage capabilities, tracking participant responses and other metrics. Our virtual facilitation process can help gather data for needs assessments, evaluations, etc., seamlessly communicating results in understandable multimedia form to audiences of any size.


For over 25 years, Galen Ellis, MPH, President of Ellis Planning Associates Inc, has worked with non-profits, advocacy organizations, public agencies, foundations, and individual social entrepreneurs to develop participatory planning, evaluation, and decision-making approaches. Her primary interest lies in increasing individual and organizational capacity to improve community health and quality of life. Galen has presented nationally on community building, multi-cultural collaboration, and policy advocacy, and has authored numerous publications, which tie health education and planning theory to grounded practice.

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