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May 29, 2020 - 3:27pm

Here’s a situation many organizations may be in right now: You, your colleagues, and stakeholders spent a lot of time, energy, and resources developing a thoughtful, forward-thinking strategic plan to guide your organization as it grows and evolves in the future.

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May 29, 2020 - 1:54pm

It is with deep, profound sadness that we reflect on and honor the life of George Floyd, cut short by his murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. We once again need to voice that Black Lives Matter in a country that in so many dimensions threaten that value.

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April 28, 2020 - 8:46pm

As an evaluation firm and a Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation, The Improve Group is dedicated to understanding and strengthening our impact. That’s why we’re so excited to share with you our 2019 Public Benefit Impact report!

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April 28, 2020 - 3:31pm

Portrait of Brita BlesiHi, I’m Brita Blesi, a Senior Consultant at The Improve Group. For this month’s IG-ology, I want to tell you about something that’s extra useful right now: virtual focus groups and engagement. While technology was long thought to be exclusive—because not everyone had the tools to participate —nowadays, technology can actually increase inclusion.

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April 28, 2020 - 2:51pm

Life has changed so much in the past two months. It’s demanded of all of us an amplified mix of reflection, adaptability, compassion, willingness to jump in and do something, and patience to wait for the next change or new information to emerge.

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March 25, 2020 - 9:49am

Like all of you, we have been watching the COVID-19 situation closely and reflecting on its impact on our employees, our practice, and the communities and clients with whom we get to work.

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February 27, 2020 - 8:55pm

Ellen Squires HeadshotHello! 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.

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February 27, 2020 - 8:30pm

Isabel Marsh HeadshotImagine 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? 

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February 27, 2020 - 8:15pm

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.

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February 20, 2020 - 4:45pm

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.

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