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.
As 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.
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.