Project Relate Oklahoma (PRO) is a pioneering, 15-year effort designed to create and sustain stable Oklahoma families. The governor of Oklahoma launched the initiative in 1999 to combat the negative consequences for children of Oklahoma’s high divorce and nonmarital birth rates. Since that time, PRO has evolved into the nation’s most robust, longest running statewide family strengthening effort. Directed by Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services (DHS), and funded with TANF dollars and grants, PRO is managed by Public Strategies, with ongoing guidance from a national Research Advisory Group (RAG).
Evidence is the cornerstone of PRO. The strategic and foundational use of data and research has been critical to achieving the desired results across PRO program. This brief provides and introduction and overview of how PRO uses evidence to get results.