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We approached Catalyst:Ed with an important project, and we were amazed at the quantity and quality of the proposals we received through their platform! Such consistent, high-caliber responses made for a tough decision, but Catalyst:Ed made the process easy. From scoping the project to checking references, everything went incredibly smoothly. We are very grateful.
— Michael Weinberg, Policy Officer, Thornburg Foundation


The right short-term expertise can help education organizations respond to critical challenges and leverage opportunities for impact. Yet finding an expert for a specific need can be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack - it takes too long, requires too much effort and rarely sources the best or most cost-effective solutions. 

We can help. Catalyst:Ed is a technology-enabled marketplace connecting education organizations to vetted experts for short-term, mission-critical needs. Education organizations that work with us find experts quickly, reliably and affordably. Experts who work with us gain access to new and rewarding opportunities for amplifying their impact. It’s a win-win for both of them and the sector.

Projects matched by us span both academic and non-academic areas and, depending on requirements, can be as short as a phone consultation or as long as a multi-year engagement. Look through our frequently listed projects here and a more exhaustive list of project types and areas here.

How It Works

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We are on a mission to change the way education organizations envision, access and leverage expertise for short-term needs. Here's why we are unique:

  • Network: We are the largest national network of vetted education experts and professionals in the country. Our expert network combined with our referral partners gives us the unparalleled ability to identify the right short-term talent options for your project in a very short time.
  • Process: We bring deep expertise in setting up short-term engagements for success. Our process enables us to scope projects rigorously and match them to experts who are the right fit. We also provide you with valuable information to guide your decision-making.
  • Technology: Our platform makes the entire process from scoping to evaluation seamless, minimizing the effort and coordination required at your end. 


What You Gain

  • Ease: We take the stress out of scoping a project and identifying options. You tell us what you need, and we do the rest.
  • Quality: We vet our talent, so you know you're working with professionals who bring deep expertise and experience. 
  • Timeliness: We leverage our process, technology and network to bring you options in as little as a week.
  • Affordability: You pay a fraction of the rates charged by large consulting firms. 
  • Choice: Choose from a “menu” of experts and services. 

There's no cost to organizations to list projects and review options, so try us out. We're here to help you set the right scope, pick the right talent, and answer any questions you might have. 

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