January 13, 2016 - 3:20pm

The six values at The Improve Group are apparent when you step in the door. Yesterday, when ourSlingshot Monkey Contest went a little longer than expected, overlapping with a scheduled meeting, our visitor said “I can see why people love working here.”

#Eval15 - An Exemplary Conference
December 4, 2015 - 3:55pm

In November, evaluators from around the world gathered in Chicago for a memorable American Evaluation Association conference.

Reporting on Social Impact
December 1, 2015 - 3:50pm

Reporting on Social ImpactIs your organization a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) or considering becoming one? Soon, Minnesota PBCs will be filing their first Annual Benefit Reports and we want to make sure they are prepared!

Effective Outreach & Recruitment Strategies
November 24, 2015 - 10:47am

You might think outreach and recruitment strategies are important for political activists, community organizers, and awareness campaigns. But they are incredibly important to evaluators, too. Why?

Evaluation Capacity Building
November 24, 2015 - 9:43am

Evaluation Capacity BuildingHere at The Improve Group, we know that many organizations do not have the resources to hire outside evaluators to carry out their evaluations, nor do they have an in-house evaluator. Helping organizations build their evaluation capacity fits well within our mission and values and is reflected in most of the work we do.

Exemplary Evaluations
November 3, 2015 - 1:21pm

The American Evaluation Association’s 2015 Conference is approaching fast! Exemplary Evaluations in a Mulitcultural World, will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from November 9-14. This year’s conference holds distinct significance as evaluators from around the world will also be gathering to recognize and participate in the International Year of Evaluation.

Dani Rae Gorman Headshot
October 30, 2015 - 12:37pm

Dani Rae GormanDani Rae Gorman joined The Improve Group through the American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program (GEDI) in September, and will be with us through the school year. The GEDI Program provides opportunities to students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation.

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
October 28, 2015 - 9:15am

ADA 25 Year AnniversaryTwenty five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) revolutionized the way our country includes and honors people with disabilities.

October 22, 2015 - 12:38pm

Michael Quinn Patton Opening RemarksHow do you evaluate initiatives that are trying to address complex social problems? When multiple partners and strategies are involved, how do you determine which efforts were the most effective? At The Improve Group, we’ve been exploring one extremely promising approach that can be used to answer those questions. It’s called outcome harvesting.

October 22, 2015 - 12:28pm

Great Workforce Annual ReportOver the past two years, The Improve Group has assisted with development of the Minnesota’s Great Workforce for Early Care and Education Annual Report. The early learning field has a range of career options, from providers of direct care in family child care homes and teachers in center- or school-based programs, to coaches, trainers, administrators, educators, and mentors.