The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is known worldwide for promoting and impacting conservation through advocacy, research and education on behalf of people, animals and the environment they share. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a program of JGI, is a youth-led, community action and learning program in which young people identify and prioritize challenges in their neighborhoods, develop a solution, and then bring that solution to action.
The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) is an annual conference that brings together over 1000 people to share information, advance learning opportunities, and support professional growth to those who work to address the needs of survivors of sexual assault, to raise awareness about sexual assault, and to prevent sexual violence.
Over our years of conducting and completing consulting contracts, the Improve Group recognized a pattern that led to enormous project success. This discovery was that in each of the projects where we had invested a significant amount of time in the beginning stages to learn about systems, data, and the people we would be working with, we were able to ultimately identify deeper insights and help organizations understand issues more thoroughly.
Recent changes to programs and policies has extended the age in which youth are eligible for foster care to 24 instead of 18. In the Improve Group’s work with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS) Child Safety and Permanency Division, we are managing a federally-mandated longitudinal study of youth who have experienced foster care between the ages of 17 and 21.
At the Improve Group, collaboration is one of our core company values. We enjoy working with and learning from others, and see ourselves as part of our clients’ team. Through one of our long-standing projects, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Waiver Review Initiative, we have the opportunity to collaborate with our clients almost every day.
Person-centered thinking and planning empowers individuals who need regular support, such as people with disabilities or those who are aging, to increase their own self-determination and independence. The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices recently trained people who serve people with disabilities around new planning and services approaches.
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) uses grants to local communities to reduce the burdens of chronic diseases associated with tobacco use and obesity through policy, system and environmental (PSE) changes. Each community collaborates with schools, worksites, service providers and health care organizations.
Whoever thinks data nerds are no fun clearly needs to work with the Improve Group. In the past six months we have had the wonderful opportunity to partner with the Hennepin County Library system to pilot some tools among youth and adult patrons. What makes this project so special is that in negotiating the challenges of drop-in patrons, we get to think through and test some of the more innovative approaches to data collection.
We have so far tested the following different tools (adapted):