Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative
The Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative (HHMI) is a targeted strategy led by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to deliver effective, culturally appropriate marriage and relationship education programs to Hispanic communities across the country. Public Strategies provided support and expertise to the HHMI by writing briefs, developing curriculum, convening researchers, holding community events and facilitating conference sessions to support and enhance existing strategies.
Public Strategies is a corporate sponsor of Reading Explorers, an innovative, summer reading camp designed to combat summer learning loss. Reading Explorers began in 2011 as a pilot program at Edwards Elementary School in northeast Oklahoma City. The camp includes experiential learning activities and content-rich instruction focused on the core elements of reading – vocabulary, comprehension, writing, phonics and fluency. In late 2011, the program expanded to include a weekly reading program that pairs students at Edwards with 140 volunteers from Public Strategies, It’s My Community Initiative and SandRidge Energy to help improve reading skills and ensure that students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade.
WorkAdvance is a workforce development model designed to assist unemployed and low-wage working adults with increasing their employment and earnings by finding good quality jobs in sectors with opportunities for advancement in established career pathways. MDRC oversees this research study and contracted with Public Strategies to provide technical assistance—including site visits, webinars, presentations and written information—to the four WorkAdvance sites in New York, Oklahoma and Ohio.
Building Strong Families
Building Strong Families is a large-scale, rigorous evaluation designed to evaluate programs that help interested unwed parents fulfill their aspirations for stable, healthy lives together. By providing technical assistance to the sites involved in this national research and demonstration project, Public Strategies identified and documented promising practices and worked to improve program operations and ensure high quality services.
Supporting Healthy Marriage
Supporting Healthy Marriage is the first large-scale, multi-site, multi-year, rigorous test of marriage education programs for low-income married couples, with the goal of informing program operators and policymakers of the most effective ways to help couples strengthen and maintain healthy marital relationships. Public Strategies provided technical assistance to the sites involved in the national research and worked with all participating sites to improve program operations, ensure the high quality of services and document promising practices.
Responsive TA to OFA Grantees
When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, funded states and communities to implement demonstration projects, Public Strategies provided tailored technical assistance (TA) to the agency and Federal Project Officers to create a TA work plan and TA Assessment Needs tool. These tools were used to evaluate performance and determine ongoing TA and support needs.
Twogether in Texas
Twogether in Texas is a statewide service delivery model for strengthening families through a variety of strategies, including state-funded intermediary organizations, community models, and targeted services for adoptive couples. Public Strategies developed TA strategies for all models, creating a system that included training, technical assistance and program development.
Louisiana Marriage and Fragile Families Handbooks
As a part of family-strengthening efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Social Services, Public Strategies developed two printed guides (Marriage Matters! and Raising Your Child Together) for statewide distribution. These guides were designed to engage citizens in a range of services offered by the agency and its partners. The guides have since been replicated by other states and community groups.
Community Healthy Marriage Initiatives
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families assisted states and local partners in improving child and family well-being by funding projects to promote child support enforcement, parental responsibility and the financial well-being of children. Public Strategies provided responsive technical assistance to local and regional ACF office personnel, community groups and policy leaders; developed innovative engagement and technical assistance (TA) strategies to involve agency staff, organizations and individuals in a new policy area; provided training and TA at conferences; and developed TA tools for grantees.
National Technical Assistance to Youth Education Grantees
Public Strategies partners with renowned youth education expert, The Dibble Institute, to develop and implement strategies for engaging high school students and young at-risk adults. Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Century Center for Economic Opportunity in south Los Angeles learn warning signs of unhealthy relationships as well as the necessary skills to form healthy relationships, now and in the future. Public Strategies consistently develops and implements technical assistance strategies to support curriculum implementation in multiple sites.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Approaches and Evaluation
The Personal Responsibility Education Program, administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), provides support for evidence-based programs that educate adolescents about both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The program addresses other adulthood preparation topics such as healthy relationships, communication with parents and financial literacy. Public Strategies assisted in the development of two national research evaluation projects studying a wide range of pregnancy prevention programs.
Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education
The Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project, a ten-year effort funded by the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and led by Abt Associates Inc., is a rigorous evaluation of next-generation strategies for increasing the economic self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and families. Public Strategies works with Abt Associates to provide technical assistance to program sites, particularly in the areas of participant recruitment and retention.