Another year has gone by at PRA, and it seems to have done so in a blink! Each December, we gather at PRA to reflect and celebrate the year that has passed and to prepare for the year ahead. During one of PRA’s favorite traditions, the Annual State of the Firm, President Pam Robbins encouraged us to guess PRA’s Word of the Year. It is a great exercise, and while no one has guessed the Word of the Year yet we all enjoy hearing Pam weave our guesses into her speech. The 2018 Word of the Year was busy. And what a busy year it has been! We’ve traveled the country; conducted countless virtual technical assistance events; hosted conferences, Academies, and meetings; held webinars; trained new trainers; and so much more.
As we prepare for a new year of creating positive social change, we’d like to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished in 2018. Let’s take a look at it from the numbers:
- 1: In 2018, we were named the Top Small Employer in the Albany Times Union’s Top Workplaces Survey. We spend a lot of time thinking about company culture and staff wellness, as having well staff helps us do good work. We are honored to have received this award twice!
- 65: We have 65 staff members working across 10 states! Our staff members make Policy Research a fun place to work, where we try new experiences (like our morning of community service) or share knowledge (like our monthly seminar series).
- 350: We traveled over 350 times in 2018 to 47 states and territories to conduct site visits, provide trainings, and host meetings. A hard-working bunch makes that possible!
- 4,294: In 2018, there were 4,294 approvals on SOAR-assisted initial SSI/SSDI applications, as reported by SOAR practitioners across the country. This incredible number is just one outcome from one of our projects—now that’s making an impact.
Want to learn more about 2018 at PRA? Visit our Year in Review webpage to see our area highlights, big news, and what we have on the horizon in 2019!