At Working Partner, we view strategy as a blueprint for forward-movement and continuing effectiveness. Rather than a static document “for the file,” we work to create truly operational strategic plans that live and evolve with an organization, establishing a foundation of knowledge that can also guide needed course corrections as conditions change.
Our team starts with a deep dive into your organization, including competition, strengths and weaknesses, effective practices and current hurdles. We also assess the potential impact of prevailing trends. Throughout the process, we facilitate discussions that engage all strategy team members, gaining agreement to goals and strategies and establishing the steps required for effective action now and in the future.
Working Partner can also support clients in strategy implementation, including program development, grant-writing, formative evaluation and communications. We partner with both small and large organizations across many sectors and are uniquely qualified to manage complex, community-wide initiatives requiring multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary approaches. In addition to identifying key partners to engage, we are experts in facilitating the identification of initiative goals and setting common metrics and reporting tools. Critically, our firm helps clients understand the landscape, identify best practices and assess the impact of the collaboration both on partners and their intended goal. Most recently, Working Partner has facilitated large community initiatives on improving maternal health, increasing access to behavioral health services and early childhood education.
Improving Maternal Health: A Community Plan
Working Partner facilitated a year-long community planning process convened by Houston Endowment Inc. to engage leaders in healthcare, behavioral health, social services, business, government and philanthropy in addressing maternal morbidity and mortality in Harris County. In addition to identifying stakeholders, convening experts and facilitating shared learning, Working Partner mined and analyzed statistical data, researched best practices from around the globe, isolated local factors influencing poor maternal health outcomes and supported leaders in developing a set of recommendations for community action.