The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly called either Obamacare or the ACA, was signed into law in March 2010. Two initiatives were implemented to help people enroll in healthcare insurance:
Businesses have traditionally had fairly simple metrics that they use to evaluate their work: sales and profit. However, three factors are driving businesses to consider social benefit as well:
March is an exciting month for evaluators in Minnesota. The annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Spring Training event brought over 250 professionals together to exchange tools and ideas for evaluation. Representing the Improve Group, we were among this year’s many insightful presenters.
A 2001 study published in the American Journal of Public Health reached out to over 100 people with very different life experiences to answer the question “What does the word community mean to you?” You might find your own answer to the question in their responses:
We love our interns! The Improve Group has hosted interns for the past 10 years. Having an internship program brings added excitement to the work we already love to do. It supports our value of collaboration and inclusiveness, strengthens our growth through mutual learning, and contributes new perspectives to our team. We regularly take a look at our internship program for relevance and value, and in this our 15th business year, we are making plans to further enrich the experience.
On April 24, 2014, the Minnesota legislature passed the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) Act.
When I attended the recent 2014 American Evaluation Association national conference in Denver, I sought out several sessions focused on the evaluation of work by coalitions and collaboratives. Among the many fascinating topics to explore at the conference, why focus here?