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Share Your Story               

We want to hear from you!

As Oklahomans, we are used to helping each other get through tough times. In fact, the Oklahoma Standard defines Oklahomans by our positive response to difficult events. With this in mind and the increased challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, OPSR has partnered with Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas to collect your stories via the Oklahoma Standard Story Bank.

We believe your stories of challenges, resilience and hope will help Oklahoma become stronger in the uncertain days ahead of us.

Imagine That...

Your story helps shape our future. What you're going through matters. You make an impact.

With the Oklahoma Standard Story Bank, we hope to learn about how you are coping; your needs, challenges, and struggles; and your reflections and insights on any new opportunities or “bright spots” that are emerging from these unprecedented times.

Click the button to the left to share your story.

Why a Story Bank?

The coronavirus pandemic has shown that Oklahoma, now more than ever, needs to understand the challenges its families are facing. The Oklahoma Standard Story Bank will make leaders and communities more knowleadable about your perspectives – straight from you and in your own words – giving our state valuable information to both study and act on.

We're not the only state using a story bank! Kansas is making progress with the Our Tomorrows Story Bank.

Learn more here.

Real Impact

The Oklahoma Standard Story Bank's goal is to make a real impact on Oklahoman's lives by:

  • Meeting needs and addressing gaps.
  • Prioritizing efforts to support more of what is already working.
  • Cultivating new ideas and approaches.

How It Works

The Oklahoma Standard Story Bank uses an online tool called SenseMaker® to collect information that provides deeper insight than a more traditional survey.

If you'd like more information about this project, email us!

Making Sense of SenseMaker®

When an individual clicks the link to participate in the Oklahoma Standard Story Bank, they'll be asked to share a story based on a meaningful prompt. In addition to their story, participants will answer a short series of questions to add further understanding about their experience. These stories get analyzed and create what is called a "story map" that gives decision-makers, at all levels, real-time information about how Oklahomans are doing.

Individuals can share as many stories as they'd like. There’s even a quick option for those who want to participate but may not have time to provide an extensive story.

In additon to individually submitted stories, OPSR is working with organizations across the state that have direct connections with families to collect their feedback. We are grateful to be working with such a diverse group of organizations that are dedicated to serving families. We hope to have more information about these organizations soon!

Who Sees My Story?

Stories are completely anonymous.

The Oklahoma Standard Story Bank doesn't collect any personal, identifiable information.

If you have any questions about the rights of research participants, email us.

Protecting Privacy

This project follows the protection of human subject protocols and as such all stories will remain anonymous.

Collectively, the Oklahoma Standard Story Bank will be used by decision-makers, including community leaders and state legislators, to inform actions and next steps during this time of uncertainty. 

Be A Neighbor

The Oklahoma Standard Story Bank is working to help us get through tough times while leveraging community strength to build the best future possible for Oklahomans. In the meantime, Be A Neighbor is a great resource for families and communities right now.

To learn more about Be A Neighbor, click here.


Be A Neighbor seeks to identify and strengthen collaboration among non-profits, faith-based groups and community organizations in all of Oklahoma's 77 counties. This innovative, online platform is focused on three main goals: 1) building better communities; 2) connecting with people in need; and 3) embracing your neighbor. Whether you are looking for resources or would like to sign up to be a Neighbor organization, this platform makes it easy to do both.