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ALGardner Consulting offers a wide range of foresight and evaluation services to help your organization or community to identify and address complex problems and think strategically. We partner with our clients from start to finish, focusing on their unique needs while supporting organizational learning. 


Brainstorm to Success

Learning Consultant

Using evidenced-based research and evaluation capabilities to support planning and decision-making.  ALGardner Consulting develops strategies for achieving and sustaining program and policy outcomes.

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Expanding organizational capacity to anticipate and address critical issues looming on the horizon. We use smart tools and resources in order to understand the implications of emerging trends and navigate uncertainty.

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Thought Partner

 Two decades of collaborating with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and public agencies to address complex problems. Engaging in effective communications and trainings to facilitate organizational learning.

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Committed to Excellence in Foresight, Learning, Problem Solving, and Decision-making

At ALGardner Consulting, we understand that change is not always easy. Since 2020, we’ve been helping organizations of all sizes to thoughtfully and creatively respond to challenges and leverage opportunities. 

We are  ready to help you develop strategies for not only surviving, but thriving in the future. 

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  • Worked with the pharmaceutical industry to advance foresight and take an equity-based approach to new treatments.

  • Worked with Santa Clara County to evaluate its Transformation 2020 initiative to integrate Medi-Cal Waiver programs and services and achieve system transformation.

  • Worked with the Veterans Health Administration to assess the impact of a multi-year interprofessional primary care education program on trainees, patients, and VA facilities.           

  • Worked with The California Endowment to achieve policy gains benefitting medically underserved populations.

  • Speaker: presentations and reports to policymakers, public agencies, grantees, foundations, and communities to improve foresight, strengthen evaluation practice, and advance healthy communities.

  • Thought leader: Building the knowledge base in foresight evaluation and the intersection of foresight and advocacy

  • Author: Publishing in international, national, state, and local publications, including books, peer review journals, issue briefs, and technical publications.

  • Educator: Faculty (ret.) at University of California, San Francisco, conduct workshops and presentations on evaluation design and expanding foresight and futures literacy.

Recent Publications and Presentations


Hot off the press! This study updates and deepens our understanding of nonprofit advocates’ capacity to evaluate their advocacy, and assesses their strategies and tactics.

Ideal for evaluators, change makers, and funders, this is the authoritative guide to advocacy and policy change evaluation. The companion to the study on nonprofit advocate evaluation capacity.

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Hot off the press! Laying the foundation for building foresight practitioner evaluation capacity. APF's Task Force developed guidelines and resources to lower the barriers to practitioner assessment of their foresight.

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Presentation to University of California, San Francisco faculty, staff, and students on advocacy and policy change evaluation.

Annette Gardner and Jim Burke describe the Community of Practice: Advocacy Meets Foresight, including insights, activities, and emerging models.


Hear more about the Association of Profesional Futurists' Foresight Evaluation Task Force activities to expand foresight practitioner evaluation capacity and support professional excellence and foresight effectiveness.
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Annette L Gardner, PhD, MPH

A broad thinker, I take a creative and collaborative approach to working with clients.  I am well-versed in supporting organizational foresight and learning, and working with stakeholders to use research and evaluation findings to strengthen programs and/or policies.


Trained as a Political Scientist, my research and evaluation interests include: support implementation of health care reform, strengthen the health care safety net, build healthy communities, and advance evaluation of advocacy and policy change initiatives. I have worked with international, national, state and local organiations in the nonprofit, government, and education arenas. 

I use a variety of qualitative research methods, including case studies, focus groups, surveys, observations, and informant interviews, as well as quantitative methods such as financial analyses and descriptive statistics. I have expertise in teaching and applying planning and futures studies approaches in communities, organizations, and schools.

Service and social betterment are guiding principles of my practice, ranging from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa to a faculty member in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

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