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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

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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.

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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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April 26, 2018 - 1:44pm

Do you follow IG on social media? If so, you may have noticed pictures of fluorescent colored walls covered with numerous half-sheets. This is a Sticky Wall - we use it when facilitating groups to come to consensus. In April's IG-ology, our consultants Sara McGarraugh and Nick Stilp have a little fun as they demonstrate some common ways to use it. 

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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.

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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!