November Newsletter: Things We’re Thankful For

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we’re grateful for fun projects, amazing partners, and the opportunity to help strengthen communities. We’ve had the privilege to work on two recent program evaluations to help nonprofit clients assess service outcomes, refine strategy, and identify opportunities to increase programmatic impact. We’re also glad to be partnering with Public School to offer strategic planning training for City agencies, and to have participated in the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s Summer Jobs Connect Convening to discuss strategies for helping youth in summer employment programs build financial habits to prepare for long-term financial success.

We evaluate programs and strategies to drive organizational health and increased impact.

We recently completed an effort with the Osborne Association, to update their workforce organizational structure and develop new programmatic tools for a sector-based strategy. Osborne has served currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families for over 80 years, and sought to enhance its sectoral employment strategy to connect more clients with meaningful, sustainable employment. We conducted an assessment and provided a set of recommendations to support employer engagement and improve the coordination of job seeker supports across different programs within Osborne. We applied design thinking methods and worked closely with various levels of staff to develop program workflows, standard operating procedures for front-line staff, a resourcing structure, and other tools to position the Osborne team to manage employer relationships and serve clients in a sector-based strategy.

We’ve just begun working with Lincoln Center Education to evaluate its Scholars Program, a teacher training model that educates and places art teachers in New York City public schools. We’re working closely with current Scholars and alumni, program partners, and public school stakeholders to gain a nuanced understanding of the program components that drive success. By pairing quantitative and qualitative analysis, we are supporting LCE to measure outcomes and identify strategies for enhancing Scholars’ training as well as the impact they have through their school placements and ongoing careers in arts education.

We had a blast at the first-ever Summer Jobs Connect Convening, exploring best practices for incorporating financial empowerment into youth programming.

Last week, we joined our colleagues from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and youth-focused service providers from across the country for the Summer Jobs Connect Convening. Summer Jobs Connect is a national initiative that integrates safe banking products, services, and education for young adults participating in municipally-led summer employment programs. Principal Celeste Frye had the opportunity to present our research on how SJC participants perceive mainstream financial services and plan to use them, including findings from surveying 3,200 program participants and conducting focus groups in eight partner cities. The results of our analysis are also featured in CFE’s newly released report Summer Jobs Connect: Where Strong Financial Futures Begin. Take a look to learn more about ways service providers and government agencies can most effectively make banking products available through summer youth employment programming to help youth learn how to budget and save, and start on a path for long-term financial stability.

We’re offering a new strategic planning training for City agencies.
Been thinking about starting the new year with a fresh strategic plan, but not sure where to get started? We’ve recently launched a training with Public School that will give your team the tools to set a vision, align activities to achieve that vision, and establish an implementation plan. Learn more and contact us to see how our training could support your agency.


New Year, New Status: Public Works is a certified WBE

We’re excited to announce that Public Works Partners is now a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Why are we excited? Because we’re taking this opportunity to build new partnerships that increase impact. Our dedicated team of consultants, led by Celeste Frye as CEO and with strategic advising from co-founders Scott Zucker and Mark Foggin, is continuing to design solutions that enhance organizational performance and enable leaders to realize their visions. We’re also expanding our focus on community development, design, and engagement to serve engineering and planning firms in creating actionable, sustainable plans. We’re looking forward to applying our hands-on experience with partners old and new to drive transformative change in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

What’s happening in the near term: we want to collaborate. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might work with your organization.

Special thanks to the dedicated staff at the NYC Department of Small Business Services who supported us through the certification process.

To kick off 2017, we focused on strategic planning:

pic1Earlier this month, we had an energizing experience at New York Nonprofit Media’s first annual Nonprofit BoardCon. The event brought together board members and senior leaders from New York City nonprofits to discuss strategies for collaboration. Celeste Frye participated on a panel with Orr Associates,, and the Thrive Network to explore how strategic planning can build dynamic partnerships between board and staff, leading to more effective visioning and approaches for making vision a reality.

We’ve got a post on the blog about our strategy for creating collaborative, actionable and measurable strategic plans. Spoiler alert: we emphasize functionality so that, once you’ve dreamed big, your goals can be implemented instead of collecting dust on the shelf.

It’s also been our pleasure to put this thinking to use supporting Goodwill of NY/NJ to develop a strategic plan that will harness the organization’s strengths to focus on its core mission.

To close the month, we’ll be joining friends and colleagues across the workforce development community for the NYCETC Policy Forum.

Displaying Our team members will be facilitating interactive strategy sessions to discuss opportunities and ways to collaborate that drive innovation and better coordinated service delivery.

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