Stock image depicting International Agricultural Development
November 28, 2017 - 4:41pm

The Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health (SBC) has been awarded $721,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service to fund a two-year project to conduct the Food for Progress Post-Project Sustainability Assessment.

The Improve Group's Courtney Clingan presents on Evaluation Capacity Building at the 2017 American Evaluation Association Conference
November 28, 2017 - 1:52pm

Several of us at IG are reflecting on a great week of learning and connecting at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC earlier this month. We attend every year to learn, and to share our lessons learned, with fellow evaluators. We had so much fun meeting and learning from fellow lifelong students of evaluation! We also noticed several themes emerge:

Evaluation = learning

A local Senegalese farmer operates the CTI Thresher, a product design to process millet.
October 25, 2017 - 3:14pm

A little over a year ago, the leadership team from Compatible Technology International (CTI) attended a presentation on Measurement and Evaluation by The Improve Group (IG) Founder & CEO, Leah Goldstein Moses, and Chief Practice Officer, Rebecca Stewart, at the Minnesota International NGO Network’s annual IDEA Summit. A St. Paul, Minnesota-based nonprofit, CTI is dedicated to helping families in developing countries access innovative farming tools so they can process their harvest more sustainably and bring their crops to market.

Samantha speaks to visitors who are interested in learning more about The Improve Group at an Exhibitor booth at the University of Minnesota's career fair
October 25, 2017 - 2:53pm

This month, we said a big thank you and good luck to Samantha Hagel—but not goodbye. After more than nine years with The Improve Group, including as our office manager, business manager, and most recently as our Chief Human Resources Officer, Samantha is moving to new adventures—including as a consultant to us as we launch several exciting new initiatives for our team.

I will miss working with Samantha immensely. Through her leadership, The Improve Group matured from a small, scrappy consulting company to an established firm. Some of the successes she helped us achieve are:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - 30th Anniversary
October 25, 2017 - 1:55pm

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Honoring the 30th Anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness MonthDid you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? While domestic violence can happen any day of the year, we wanted to take some time this month to focus on the important work being done in this field, including by many of our clients.

Rebecca Lucero (left), Public Policy Director and Corinna Turbes, Federal Policy Campaign Coordinator of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits use the e-Learning Studio to create an informational video on MCN’s federal policy work
September 27, 2017 - 2:44pm

Training from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits  (MCN) is about to get a lot more interactive with the addition of an e-Learning Studio. We appreciate our partnership with MCN, which goes back more than a decade, and stems from our shared value of building the capacity of people and organizations in the nonprofit sector. As a longtime partner of MCN, we cannot wait to see the new opportunities this addition will bring to light. 

Graphic image of a barn standing in front of the outlines of the State of Minnesota
September 26, 2017 - 2:26pm

Sowing the Seeds of Success

Thoughtful planning process yields better results for a new program at the MDA

Headshot of Valerie Gamble, Minnesota Department of AgricultureLast spring, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) partnered with The Improve Group (IG) on a strategic planning process to implement a

Graphic image that says: "The Olmstead Quality of Life Survey - Help us cross the finish line!"
August 31, 2017 - 11:19am

The Olmstead Quality of Life Survey has reached a major milestone—more than 1,100 completed surveys out of the goal of 2,000. The survey—the largest of its kind ever conducted on a statewide basis—aims to better understand how people living with disabilities throughout Minnesota feel about their quality of life and to measure change over time.

Headshots of new and promoted team members, from upper left corner to bottom right corner: Derek Hazeltine, Maria Moeller, Tia Bastian, and Jenny Franklin.
August 31, 2017 - 11:05am

Evaluation Firm Hires, Promotes Key Staff

The Improve Group (IG) is pleased to announce several key changes to the company’s top leadership. The new structure will allow IG to continue providing excellent client service while building a solid infrastructure to carry out our strategic goals: Expand our tools and services to meet community needs; lead with a joyful and powerful team; and use our practice to promote positive social change.

Graphic that includes The Improve Group logo and a headline that states "Building a robust and diverse talent pool of evaluators in the field"
July 27, 2017 - 2:13pm

Although summer has reached the halfway mark, we can’t let it go by without reflecting on the experiences of our recent interns—Audrey McIntyre and Michael Prideaux.

Our interns over the 2016-17 academic year, Audrey and Michael, worked on team projects for the Angel Foundation, the Highland Friendship Club, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and our work with Minnesota’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) grantees.

Both Audrey and Michael said that interaction with clients and involvement in project work were highlights of their internships.

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