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About Us

Root Cause is a purpose-driven consulting group that exists to enable more people and families to achieve lifelong success.

We partner with foundations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, school districts, and public agencies to develop, implement, and measure strategies that improve people’s lives.

Since 2004, the Root Cause team has pioneered evidence-driven approaches to strategy, measurement, learning and improvement, and collective action to ensure more people achieve lifelong success.  We have helped more than 200 partners improve people’s health and well-being, increase education and youth development outcomes, and strengthen the economic security of people and families nationwide.

Principles of Engagement

Because Root Cause exists to improve people’s lives, we take a people-centric approach to our practice. These principles help us focus on what really matters for more people to experience lifelong success.

Work with a Common Purpose.
Continuously seek to strengthen coordination around a common purpose of enabling more people to progress from a healthy birth, to a quality education, a well-paying job, and healthy and secure aging.
Involve People in Communities.
Engage people and families as partners in planning, implementing, and measuring our efforts designed to create the conditions for their success.
Define What Matters.
Ensure our partners have a rigorous hypothesis for how their activities will measurably help more people succeed and achieve key milestones from one stage in life to the next.
Aim for Equity.
Approach our work by seeking to understand the community-wide conditions that enable people to thrive, with a focus on reducing disparities based on race, class, gender, geography, and other factors.
Think Big.
Seek to partner with public and private sector systems to improve the broader conditions that affect people’s lifelong success.
Make Smart Decisions.
Use data and evidence to continuously improve all aspects of work.