The 3D Project on Learning from Complex Crisis

As a follow-on to our Fragility Study Group project, the US Institute of Peace hired Frontier to conduct a project to assess and evaluate inter-agency cooperation and organizational practices between the Departments of State, Defense, and USAID in a wide variety of contexts including crisis response, stabilization, and countering violent extremism missions. This work is revealing insights and lessons learned from Burma, Jordan, Afghanistan, and the Lake Chad Basin region through interviews with senior officials, workshops and validation sessions, and the production of cases for short and long-term training for foreign-service officers and defense officials. Read More…

Fragility Study Group

Frontier served as the Secretariat of the Fragility Study Group.  The report, U.S. Leadership and The Challenge of State Fragility, provides practical recommendations for prioritizing prevention and effectively managing state fragility. In support of the study, Frontier conducted over 70 interviews across the U.S. Government, academia, think tanks, and partner organizations and planned three high level workshops to solicit innovative ideas from the study group’s Senior Advisory Group, which included luminaries such as flag officers and ambassadors, directors and administrators of departments and agencies, academics, and private sector leaders from technology and financial firms. Frontier produced the study group report, which was briefed at a Deputies Committee meeting in summer 2016, and was officially released on September 12, with recommendations for both Presidential Campaigns and the future Congress. Read More…

Building Systems-Based Strategy and Governance for Venture Philanthropy

Frontier Design Group is building a suite of decision support tools to help governors of a large family office better understand how systems thinking can improve governance-level decision-making. These tools will help assess the systemic quality of strategies presented to the board and are being developed and tested now with governors and executives. Examples include, a Governance Prototype, which offers a typology of board meetings (focused on context, leverage, resources, or reflection) with corresponding key performance questions (KPQs) structured according to new Agenda Templates that are being prototyped. The testing and finalization of these tools is ongoing.