Collage of headshots of all of our new staff members - Brita Blesi, Ashley Boat, Colleen Casey, Jacqueline Frazier, Moira Gaidzanwa, Isabel Marsh, James Randle, and Alyssa Scott
July 31, 2018 - 12:41pm

It has been an exciting first half of the year here at The Improve Group as we welcomed several new employees! We continue to see growth in our work and in our clients’ needs - and this new cohort of IG-ers brings exciting new talents and experiences that will help meet those needs. Please join us in welcoming:

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July 31, 2018 - 12:34pm

Jill Lipski Cain HeadshotHi, I’m Jill Lipski Cain, a Managing Consultant here at IG. This month, I want to tell you about one of IG’s important tools in collaborative, participatory, utilization-focused evaluation projects—an emerging findings meeting.

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July 9, 2018 - 4:52pm

Working in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) and The Improve Group, the University of Minnesota's Stakman-Borlaug Center (SBC) has identified the three closed Food for Progress agriculture assistance projects for

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June 26, 2018 - 6:59pm

Did you know June is National Hunger Awareness Month? According to the World Food Program, there are more hungry people in the world than in the combined populations of the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.

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June 26, 2018 - 10:20am

Courtney Clingan HeadshotHi!

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June 6, 2018 - 10:53am

Do you get annoyed by those pesky mosquitoes in the summer? You're not alone! Outdoor pests are the most prevalent barrier to outdoor recreation in the state—55 percent of Minnesotans cited them as a deterrence. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released its findings of the Minnesota Outdoor Activities Survey; IG partnered with the agency to conduct this survey. For this project, we surveyed nearly 2,000 Minnesotans on how they view and participate in outdoor activities—from hiking to hunting.

Headshot of Kylie Nicholas
June 6, 2018 - 9:14am

Headshot of Kylie NicholasHi! I’m Kylie Nicholas, a managing consultant at IG and your IG-Ologist for the month of May! This month’s IG-Ology topic is longitudinal studies. These are studies that measure impact over multiple years by following the same group over a period of time.

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May 22, 2018 - 5:17pm

Joel Luedtke HeadshotJoel Luedtke is program director at the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. The Improve Group recently finished an evaluation of the Foundation’s Phillips Sectoral Employment Initiative (PSEI).

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May 22, 2018 - 4:50pm

Headshot of Russell BarnesTo my colleagues, I’m a lot of things. I’m louder than neon colors, as positive as a proton, and a wrestling super fan. But not all my coworkers know that I spent seven years in Minnesota’s foster care system. Interestingly enough, my status as a foster youth also led me to discovering a career I love at The Improve Group.

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April 26, 2018 - 2:06pm

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with a theme this year of “Embrace Your Voice.” Explaining this theme, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center says “The things you say every day send a message about your beliefs and values.

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