Twenty five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) revolutionized the way our country includes and honors people with disabilities.
How 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.
Over 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.
In June, The Improve Group described our experiences using incentives to encourage people to participate in surveys and other evaluation activities. We highlighted the benefits of knowing your audience and attracting their attention.
In fall of 2014, three trends emerged and converged that helped us solidify a direction for the months ahead:
On July 23rd, The Improve Group’s Chief Administrative Officer, Samantha Hagel, visited the Minnesota Governor’s Office to discuss practices for addressing the barriers to supported employment for people with disabilities.
The lmprove Group has selected three organizations to receive pro bono assistance in 2015. We will be working with the following:
Through a first time partnership with New Sector Alliance, The Improve Group welcomes two Fellows to our team from the New Sector Summer Fellowships program. New Sector brings together cohorts of early career professionals to pursue their commitment to working in the social sector. Fellows are provided with training, mentorship and coaching support, and are able to build upon their work experience through partnerships with organizations like ours.