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?
We are so excited to be celebrating The Improve Group’s 20-year anniversary all year long! In reflecting on this momentous occasion, our team agreed that the great joy of our work is the opportunity to make connections with you—our clients, partners, staff, and the community members we serve. It’s what we most look forward to this year: the chance to celebrate our friendships and make new ones.
Welcome to the Impact Reporting Tip Series! As a Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation, we report every year on our impact for staff, clients, project stakeholders, and the broader community. Impact measurement and reporting can be an essential accountability and transparency tool for organizations working towards a social impact or a greater good.
Happy New Year, from all of us at The Improve Group! For many of us, the turn of a new year involves reflecting on how far we’ve come in the past 12 months and planning for the next. Often, that involves setting goals.
You're probably aware of the Census, the election, and the Olympics. But did you know that 2020 also marks The Improve Group’s 20-year anniversary? We are thrilled to celebrate with you all year. And, like our community-responsive approach to evaluation, we want to engage you all—our extended family—in planning and celebrating this momentous occasion!
With the American Evaluation Conference happening right in our backyard this year, The Improve Group had a strong presence, from presenting at sessions, to co-sponsoring Topical Interest Group (TIG) socials, to hosting our improv party Friday night—thanks to everyone who came! As we made our way around sessions (and on that long trek back-and-forth between the hotel and convention center), we percolated on a couple themes that came up in addition to the declared conference theme, “Paths to the future of evaluation” …
*Note: In the article below, “person” or “people” refers to people who receive Medicaid HCBS waiver services.