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ACT projects take one of two forms: a fast track or full team project. The two types vary in scope, team size, time commitment, and project duration.
|Project Type||Project Scope||Team Size||Project Duration||Estimated time Contribution|
|Fast Track||Focused, specific organizational issue||
|Full Team||High-priority organizational challenge involving strategy or management||
There are three primary roles that ACT volunteers fulfill on projects.
|Fast Track Consultant||Working in teams of three or fewer alumni over a period of one to three months, you’ll address a specific, focused client issue. You’ll coordinate group responsibilities and client interactions as best suits the team and client.|
|Full Team Consultant||Part of a team to typically six to eight other alumni, you’ll work with the client and your team over the course of approximately six months to define, analyze and make recommendations to address the client’s issue.|
|Project Leader||The project leader role is critical to the success of Full Team projects. You guide the process from beginning to end:
ACT projects are conducted in a twice-yearly cycle.
Apply for a Project (January & July)
- Nonprofits inquire about ACT consulting
- Project screener has phone conversation with nonprofit
- Eligible nonprofits invited to apply
Develop the Project (February & August)
Project screeners meet with select nonprofits to:
- Assure ACT can meet the client request
- Clearly define project outcomes
Project Begins (March & September)
- ACT recruits volunteer consultants
- Project leaders meet with client to develop work plan
- Team meets with client and begins its research and analysis
- Full teams present findings to date in mid-course review (June & December)
- Fast Track engagements conclude (June & December)
Complete the Project (September & March)
- Final report: team presents recommendations to client management and board
- Consultants and client complete online evaluation
Assess the Project (October & April)
- 12-month follow up: project leader and team reconnect with the client to assess project impact