As it did for many, the murder of George Floyd and the increased urgency and scope of the conversation our country is having about racism has led us at The Improve Group to look more closely at our practices and role in the world. We want to be thoughtful about what we say and do in this historic moment, while reminding ourselves that real change internally and externally needs long-term tangible, accountable, and humble commitment.
As the world continues to confront the uncertainties and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many governmental agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses have shifted their energy and resources to rapid response efforts to the urgent and unexpected needs that have arisen in recent months.
Here’s a situation you may be in right now: You, your colleagues, and stakeholders spent a lot of time and energy developing a thoughtful, forward-thinking strategic plan to guide your organization as it grows and evolves in the future.
It is with deep, profound sadness that we reflect on and honor the life of George Floyd, cut short by his murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. We once again need to voice that Black Lives Matter in a country that in so many dimensions threaten that value.
Hi, I’m Brita Blesi, a Senior Consultant at The Improve Group. For this month’s IG-ology, I want to tell you about something that’s extra useful right now: virtual focus groups and engagement. While technology was long thought to be exclusive—because not everyone had the tools to participate —nowadays, technology can actually increase inclusion.
Life has changed so much in the past two months. It’s demanded of all of us an amplified mix of reflection, adaptability, compassion, willingness to jump in and do something, and patience to wait for the next change or new information to emerge.
Like all of you, we have been watching the COVID-19 situation closely and reflecting on its impact on our employees, our practice, and the communities and clients with whom we get to work.
Hello! I am Ellen Squires, a Senior Consultant at The Improve Group, and the focus of this month’s IG-ology is on the value of using both quantitative and qualitative data to amplify the impact of evaluation findings.
Imagine a team of 35 people conducting 95 data collection events in three countries and three different languages. How can they stay on the same page while still being responsive to communities’ perspectives?