Understand the Facts
We provide fully developed policy research and analysis to inform your approach to new programs.
Building community impact through effective business principles and creative strategies.
Dedicated. We create financially viable and well-managed organizations so our clients can focus on making a positive impact on the lives of those they serve.
Collaborative. We listen to our clients, developing customized approaches that empower them to be part of the solution; and we team with subject matter and technical experts to bring our clients the resources they need.
Focused. We build the capacity of non-profit and government organizations that advocate for and serve communities throughout the NYC region.
Innovative. We think creatively, identifying opportunities to innovate and improve service delivery while respecting the constraints and challenges that publicly funded organizations face.
The Public Good's extensive portfolio includes ongoing advisory relationships, temporary staff extensions, and one-time project management. The firm's flexibility and network of experts allows a nimble response to each client's multi-faceted needs.
We know the importance of scalability and efficiency, and we create all our engagements with these values in mind. As requirements, constraints, and needs differ for each client, we adapt by recommending various levels of engagement and teaming up with other experts to accomplish client goals.
The Public Good is proud to be certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise by the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
To execute your programs and fulfill your mission
We provide fully developed policy research and analysis to inform your approach to new programs.
We offer cost analysis, fee for service planning, and budget preparation and analysis to ensure financial viability and security.
We design and facilitate workshops and retreats to energize your staff and your procedures.
We offer thorough assessment of current services to increase productivity and champion your mission.
We provide detailed outlines for implementation of our comprehensive strategic plans to guide you to your goals.
Our focus is on service, to both the greater good and to our clients.
Challenge: To find economic efficiencies in existing contracts for school food programs throughout New Jersey's public school districts
Solution: Identify county-wide cost savings for contracted school food programs in New Jersey and publish a detailed public policy study
Outcome: The policy paper was distributed to state legislators and Tricia Davies served as a key expert witness at the State Senate budget hearing, helping to secure a favorable vote for 32BJ
Challenge: Goodwill needed to alter its existing staffing model to accommodate the New York City Human Resources Administration's revised welfare-to-work program requirements
Solution: Delivery of a 25-page operations and staff assessment based on focus groups and staff interviews designed and led by The Public Good, identification of success indicators, detailed recommendations for staff and management re-design and analysis of Goodwill's approach in relation to these indicators
Outcome: Designs for new employment programs, implementation of more effective staff management and accountability, completed grant applications for government contracts, creation of viable partnerships with complementary program collaborators, and an ongoing advisory relationship for future business opportunities
Challenge: The nonprofit organization's fee-for-service Consulting and Managed Services division lacked a comprehensive methodology for pricing its services
Solution: To build a comprehensive financial model for capturing and managing revenues, expenses, and organizational investment of local and national affiliate offices
Outcome: A sophisticated budget tool that allows management to effectively assess its financial position within a scalable and sustainable program environment, enabling a more strategic process for pricing services
Challenge: The agency Commissioner needed to respond swiftly and sensitively to federal indictments for client payment fraud and strengthen staff morale after the discovery of fraud spurred layoffs
Solution: To assess and revise current procedures and their distribution in order to satisfy the requirements of criminal investigators, state and federal auditors and assure understanding and compliance with new processes
Outcome: New comprehensive business processes for monthly entitlement payments to adoption subsidy clients and detailed procedures in staff policy and procedures handbook
Challenge: The Center needed someone to manage an internal team tasked with producing an accurate city-wide count of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing for homeless populations as part of New York City's annual application for funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Solution: To act as on-site project manager overseeing technical staff, data entry, quality control and report production within very tight and constantly changing deadlines
Outcome: Successful completion of three-month project to determine annual count and analysis of the city's unmet needs, including refined data collection methods and documented description of logic behind new calculations
Challenge: The organization sought to transition from a mission focused on real estate purchase and development to one focused on managing affordable housing units within its existing properties
Solution: To develop scalable staffing plans and outreach strategies to prepare for growth and improve current operations while strengthening the partnership of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
Outcome: The Public Good was cited as a key asset in the agency's application to HUD for firm financial commitment for their final housing project; the Executive Director has successfully implemented the recommended staffing plan over the past three years, and after completion of the company's final development project, it is successfully managing all 350 units of its existing affordable rental housing. The board has doubled in size and the organization has developed its first website to promote its work to funders and partners
Challenge: The organization lacked a clear vision for its next five years of public service to survivors of domestic violence, creating the potential for missed opportunities and reduced productivity
Solution: To increase staff capacity through workshops and board and staff retreats, focus organizational resources properly through strategic planning, and chart a course of action with clear planning documents and specific goals
Outcome: Engagement of whole communities in creating empowering spaces for individuals to rise above gender inequality, violence, and oppression
Known for her ability to find innovative solutions to stubborn systemic challenges, Tricia Davies, Founder and Principal of The Public Good, is highly sought after by organizations seeking assistance from a leader of the non-profit and government consulting industries. Her wide range of skills includes business process and operational reviews, policy analysis, program planning, government contracting, capacity building, training, and board facilitation. These services encourage stronger systems, greater efficiency, and more critical focus on doing good and doing it right.
Tricia Davies brings 20 years of experience analyzing public policies and working in operations management within the United States and abroad. Her unique knowledge of how government funders and non-profit organizations interact with each other informs innovative planning and strategic direction tailored to the distinctive environment of your organization.
She has served a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies, using business principles and creative approaches to solve some of the most challenging issues facing such organizations today. Her commitment to sharing expertise, working collaboratively, and developing organizational knowledge runs deep in The Public Good's approach to client service.
Prior to founding The Public Good, Tricia worked as Senior Consultant and Manager at KPMG LLP, where she specialized in costing studies and acted as lead analyst on projects for governmental and non-profit clients. She monitored multi-million dollar budgets during her tenures as Director of Special Operations at the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Senior Budget Analyst for the New York City Office of Management and Budget. As Program Evaluator of Women In Need, Inc., she supervised field research and data entry and used statistical software to analyze data and present preliminary findings to program staff. On staff at the United States Internal Revenue Service, she developed a deeper knowledge of business management plans and improvement studies through work with the Northeast Regional and Manhattan District Offices.
Affirming her dedication to serve the greater good, Tricia spent five months in West Africa in 2003 as a volunteer consultant for The Ark Foundation, Ghana, a non-governmental human rights organization. She led a three-month strategic planning process and provided fundraising and organizational development training to staff. Most importantly, Tricia's work in Ghana was based on an approach of transferring knowledge and building internal staff capacity to prepare the organization to continue doing good work long after her return to the United States.Tricia remains an avid volunteer and has served on nonprofit boards for WebServes, Stanton Street Synagogue, Enterprise Foundation Junior Board, and East Village Community School (Fundraising Chair and Treasurer) contributing to volunteer engagement, board development, fundraising, and strategic planning.
In 2009 Tricia co-founded a women's networking group, The Public Good Collaborative, which brings together seasoned consultants and freelance professionals. The group meets quarterly to share ideas, professional practices, and make introductions for the purpose of collaboration and support.
Tricia holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers University. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.
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