Public Strategies thrives on innovation
In 1999, Public Strategies took on the role of project manager for the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative with a goal of improving child well-being through a strategic focus on strengthening marriages and relationships. With no blueprint for these innovative services, Public Strategies worked closely with high-level public officials and community leaders to provide the critical guidance and strategic planning which established the project’s foundation.
Public Strategies became the only firm in the United States to develop and maintain a state-run healthy marriage initiative, which has since become the longest-running and most in-depth endeavor of its kind in the country.
In 2003, Public Strategies launched Family Expectations, a nationally renowned project lauded for its recruitment and retention successes and for couple-focused strategies unlike any other social service program available in the community. The goal of Family Expectations is to increase family well-being for both married and unmarried couples during a key transitional moment in their lives: the birth of a baby.
Because of the innovative nature of this program, and the variety of sub-components that contribute to the overall program design, Family Expectations became the only program in the country selected to participate concurrently in two national experimental research projects designed to test the efficacy of relationship-focused interventions for married and unmarried couples. A strategic partnership was formed with It’s My Community Initiative the same year.
In 2006, because of our solid success record of client-centered project management, Public Strategies was selected through a competitive process to provide leadership to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, operated through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. This opportunity provided a vehicle for Public Strategies to share program implementation strategies, move research into practice and provide technical assistance to hundreds of programs across the nation funded to work in the marriage and family-strengthening program arena.
In 2009, Public Strategies set an internal goal of establishing a community-focused strategy to strengthen families, raise educational outcomes, improve health, increase employment opportunities and combat poverty in an economically depressed community in northeast Oklahoma City. One of the first steps in creating a one-stop shop for family strengthening in northeast Oklahoma City was partnering with It’s My Community Initiative to create Green Jobs Central Oklahoma, a program utilizing funding from a Department of Labor green jobs grant. These innovative partnerships reflect our company’s commitment to comprehensive community initiatives focused on community level transformation.