Olmstead Quality of Life Survey Graphic
March 30, 2018 - 1:10pm

You’ve read a lot about the Olmstead Quality of Life survey here in the past year, and it was recently featured in the Star Tribune. This article features the findings from our statewide effort to reach over 2,000 people with disabilities. The survey serves as a baseline for the state as it makes progress towards creating more integrated settings and improving quality of life for people with disabilities. We are glad to see this important issue getting attention and we are proud to be an ongoing partner with the State in measuring the progress towards this goal.

Cover image of The Improve Group's 2017 Public Benefit Report
March 30, 2018 - 10:33am

As a registered Public Benefit Corporation with the State of Minnesota, each year we report on our impact. We recently completed our 2017 report outlining how we unleashed the power of IG to influence social change, used innovative strategies to meet communities’ needs, and aligned our internal operations with our goals. Check out the report for more on these impacts, and a preview of what we have in store for the rest of 2018!

Headshot of Leah Goldstein Moses
March 23, 2018 - 1:42pm
What is Social Impact Measurement, and what role do evaluators play in the growing social enterprise sector? In the video below, IG Founder and CEO Leah Goldstein Moses answers these questions and gives some essential considerations for successfully measuring your impact.
Logo for the ConnectUp! MN summit
March 23, 2018 - 9:09am

Earlier this month, nearly 130 professionals working in the social impact ecosystem gathered for the first ever ConnectUp! MN summit. Envisioned by Y. Elaine Rasmussen and her colleagues at the Social Impact Strategies Group, ConnectUp! MN brought together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and support organizations to build relationships and advance their common interests.

Headshot of Jennifer Obinna
February 20, 2018 - 1:44pm

Headshot of Jennifer ObinnaEmpowerment evaluation is one way an organization and their stakeholders can work with an external evaluator. With this approach, the evaluator acts as a coach or critical friend to an organization that is evaluating their own program or other efforts. With empowerment evaluation, we’re a bit more in the background, providing training, resources, and advice along the way.

A graphic image of a heart with an arrow through it, that depicts a few bar charts at the center. The image says "An evaluation love story."
February 20, 2018 - 12:57pm

This Valentine’s Day, we reflected on the love we all share: A love for evaluation! Our excitement for this important field drives us and makes us passionate about doing excellent work and building clients’ capacity for evaluation. From uplifting voices to analyzing data, we all have our different reasons for loving evaluation. Without further ado, read on as our consultants answer why they love evaluation.

Graphic image of the word "Mindfulness"
January 25, 2018 - 2:12pm

Happy 2018! Many of you may have noticed a theme of mindfulness in our holiday cards—just the beginning of our year-long focus. We see mindfulness and our IG value of thoughtfulness as being closely related: to be thoughtful is to be reflective and present, in both relationships and our work. We plan to incorporate mindfulness in different ways throughout the year, including …

Glass jars filled with colored gemstones depicting the results from our entrance poll at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference.
January 25, 2018 - 1:55pm

We love helping others see how evaluation is fun and accessible, like with participatory activities for data collection. One way to do this, especially in evaluating an event, is to do a real-time, live “pop-up” evaluation!

Graphic header that includes one word: Collaboration.
December 19, 2017 - 10:37am

A year ago, we launched 2017 with a theme of creativity and collaboration. We sent our friends cards they could use for coloring, and holiday gifts that made meetings creative and collaborative. We spent the year thinking about how to collaborate better within our team and with clients.

But I have a confession: Collaboration doesn’t come naturally to me. My default is to head to my computer and jot down some notes, or email someone my ideas. I like to “task pass” or “divide and conquer”—you do this, I do that, and we all go home for dinner.

Graphic header with article title: Improving our Practice: Making the Shift to Project-Centered Teams
December 19, 2017 - 10:23am

As many of you may know, The Improve Group has been undergoing a thoughtful and strategic process to restructure our organization. We have experienced sustained growth over the last few years – in terms of our clients, our projects and our Powerhouse Team. As IG has grown, we have been reflecting how we can best structure the organization to accommodate growth, and also to ensure that we reflect and practice our values – including thoughtfulness, innovation and creativity, excellence, collaboration and inclusiveness, joy, and building a better world – throughout our work.