An image of a quote from one a community liaison who partnered with The Improve Group on this project. The quote reads "“Our voices are not heard often, therefore having the opportunity to voice our concerns and ideas is amazing, and it should be valued,” the liaison said. “I think the best reward for the community after they are listened to is to see their recommendations implemented.”
October 30, 2020 - 2:53pm
Earlier this year, we engaged individuals and families experiencing poverty in Hennepin County about the strengths and needs of their communities—a project that would not have been possible without community liaisons who brought key community connections and knowledge. Centering community members as experts is an important part of The Improve Group’s Community Responsive Approach to projects like the 2020 Community Strengths and Needs Assessment we conducted with the Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC). For this project, the liaisons were instrumental in achieving high workshop participation rates and engaging a diverse cross-section of the community: they helped tailor outreach  materials, design community engagement workshops, and facilitate workshops that created space for honest and open input.
The Improve Group will be closed for part of Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4.
October 13, 2020 - 9:39am

The Improve Group will be closed for part of Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4.

2020 has brought unexpected challenges and opportunities. As such, this year’s U.S. election process and outcome feel particularly weighty. To recognize the demand they are placing on each of us, The Improve Group will be closed from 2pm Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day) and reopening at 11am on November 4 (day after election day). Thank you for your patience with us!

Minnesota's Olmstead Quality of Life Survey, being implemented as part of Minnesota's Olmstead Plan by The Improve Group. This graphic depicts three different people with a range of disabilities who are working, living, learning, or doing the activities that they enjoy in the communities of their choice. The Quality of Life Survey measures changes or improvements in the lives of people with disabilities. And the goal of the survey is to answer the question, “Are you better off now than you were before?”
October 6, 2020 - 8:45am

We shared the first Olmstead Quality of Life Survey brief with you last month—these are short reports to prepare people to understand and use findings of the second follow-up study, which we’re currently implementing. This month, we’re excited to share the second brief, which explains the survey’s focus on decision-making.

Minnesota's Olmstead Quality of Life Survey, being implemented as part of Minnesota's Olmstead Plan by The Improve Group. This graphic depicts three different people with a range of disabilities who are working, living, learning, or doing the activities that they enjoy in the communities of their choice. The Quality of Life Survey measures changes or improvements in the lives of people with disabilities. And the goal of the survey is to answer the question, “Are you better off now than you were before?”
August 25, 2020 - 10:37am

Can you think of how many times you get out of the house, engage with your community, and see friends? This is an important indicator of quality of life and one that has changed for all of us amid COVID-19. This is also one of the topics we ask Minnesotans with disabilities about for the State of Minnesota’s Olmstead Quality of Life Survey. The survey measures progress toward the state’s Olmstead Plan goal of ensuring people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting.

Image of text that says "Using surveys for rapid response to COVID-19; Exploring the approach and findings from a COVID-19 Impact Study conducted in partnership with African Economic Development Solutions."
July 31, 2020 - 12:50pm

Headshot of Moira GaidzanwaAs we began seeing COVID-19 have more and more of an impact locally, we also began hearing from clients about its impacts to their work. I want to share a story about a partnership with a local nonprofit to use data to inform their COVID-19 community response.

Graphic of a person filling out a survey with the title of the article in the foreground "IG-ology: 6 Tips for Crafting Quality Surveys"
July 31, 2020 - 12:36pm

Headshots of Sara McGarraugh & Kassira AbsarHello!

Graphic of an evaluation report chart with the title of the article "Evaluation is more important now than ever"
June 29, 2020 - 7:05pm

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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.

Image that depicts strategic thinking occurring along with the statement "Strategic Planning in the age of COVID-19"
May 29, 2020 - 3:27pm

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.

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May 29, 2020 - 1:54pm

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.

Collage of Images of The Improve Group staff working in the community with the title "Public Benefit Corporation 2019 Annual Report"
April 28, 2020 - 8:46pm

As an evaluation firm and a Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation, The Improve Group is dedicated to understanding and strengthening our impact. That’s why we’re so excited to share with you our 2019 Public Benefit Impact report!

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