Management Consulting and Logistics

Synergy’s management consulting specialties include meetings management, grants management, and peer review services. These service areas are built on proven best practices and industry-standard procedures that can be applied with flexibility and accuracy across projects. We work closely with clients throughout these processes to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Synergy’s certified meeting managers, planners, and coordinators offer a range of support for conferences and meetings of all types (e.g., virtual, in-person, or multimedia), sizes (from 10-person focus groups to 4,000-person conventions), and duration (1-day to 2-week-long events). We have convened meetings at single and multiple locations locally, nationally, and globally. Synergy has managed pre-, onsite, and post-meeting support in China, Australia, Vietnam, Russia, Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Chile.

Our staff routinely facilitates industry panels and policy academies for organizations such as the Convention Industry Council; the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, National Capital Chapter; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Synergy collaborates with clients to produce a full range of materials, including program content, concise and cogent abstracts, quick-turnaround working notes for breakout sessions, and congressionally mandated reports and summaries.

At a minimum, we provide:

  • Secure online registration database design, maintenance, and reporting
  • Domestic and international travel support
  • Hotel selection and booking
  • Materials development
  • Webinars
  • Facilitation
  • Translation
  • Special needs accommodations
  • Pre-event and onsite support
  • Post-event support
  • Evaluation
  • Report preparation

Synergy’s specialized staff supports grant competitions and reviews that range from 1-day teleconferences and electronic reviews for one panel to highly complex week-long meetings requiring multiple panels that review hundreds of grant applications. Our team of competition specialists, review coordinators, grant supervisors, screeners, and system architects support grant programs that allow clients to efficiently identify qualified reviewers, develop program announcements, solicit applications, track grants through the review process, and provide management throughout the life of the grant. Our innovative grant implementation and management services include:

  • Tailored databases and Web applications for reviewer and grantee registration
  • Support for panel reviews
  • Continuous tracking and management of applicant data
  • Statistical tools to evaluate applicant strengths and weaknesses, which helps federal officials make funding decisions
  • Support for bidder conferences and reviewer trainings prior to grant reviews
  • Creation of grantee guides, brochures, and post-review evaluation instruments
  • Training and consultation to help grantees develop measurable project objectives, performance measures, and data collection activities for reporting