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Director of Consulting
Stacy Rassel has been with The Improve Group since 2010, meeting the evaluation needs of our clients through collaboration and innovation. In her position, Stacy brings her passion for program evaluation and the role it plays in helping organizations improve programming, make important decisions, demonstrate outcomes and communicate the value of their program.

Brings to the Team

  • Strong background in evaluation planning, design and project management.
  • Commitment to collaboration and engagement with stakeholders to discover and meet their specific evaluation needs.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of data collection methods and analysis approaches needed to answer complex evaluation questions.
  • Experience evaluating a broad range of topic areas.
  • Awareness of the challenges and opportunities organizations face when making programming decisions and incorporating evaluation into their work.

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Director of Consulting (2017–present)
  • The Improve Group, Research and Evaluation Director (2013–2017)
  • The Improve Group, Senior Research Analyst (2012–13)
  • The Improve Group, Research Analyst (2010–12)
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, Graduate Research Assistant (2009–12)
  • University of Minnesota, Center for Early Education and Development, Graduate Research Assistant (2007–09)
  • Minnesota Literacy Council, Program Coordinator (2002–07)
  • Saint Paul Public Schools, Teaching Assistant (2003–07)


  • BA, Mathematics and Management, Luther College
  • Mini-MBA in Volunteer Management, University of St. Thomas
  • MA, Educational Policy & Administration, Evaluation Studies, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development; emphasis in Evaluation Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Brings to the Community

  • Minnesota Evaluation Association, Program Committee
  • Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute, Advisory Board

Beyond the Bio

Stacy is currently completing her PhD and spends a good amount of time writing her thesis. When she is able to break away from her research, she is usually doing something active like hiking in a state park, kickboxing at the gym, growing vegetables in her garden or playing softball.