In 2013, the Improve Group conducted focus groups as part of many projects. Two of these projects include: the Minnesota DHS Community Services Input project and the Region 4 Mental Health Services Needs Assessment.
You can draw stronger conclusions from your survey data when you have a high response rate. Incentives can increase the likelihood that people participate, and acknowledges that their time is valuable to the research. Traditionally, these incentives come in the form of gift cards, food, money, etc. A newer trend in incentives is to “pay it forward” through a gift in kind.
Entire online communities have been established in order to share the scope and beauty of infographics and other forms of data visualization. These fun, illustrative representations, seen in magazines, newspapers, websites and advertisements have also found their way into the world of evaluation reporting.
When evaluating youth participants, gaining consent from a parent or guardian is required. Researchers and evaluators should make sure that participants are not burdened by a complicated response process while still ensuring that important data won’t fall into holes along the way. Here at the Improve Group, we maximize both the quality of our work and our relationships to help clients make the most of information and ensure investments of time and money lead to meaningful, sustained impact.
Hello! We are Stacy Johnson and Cami Connell from the Improve Group. At Evaluation 2013, we had the opportunity to present on our experiences using a unique mixed methods approach to collecting data.
The Improve Group has had enlightening experiences working across projects requiring multiple languages and leading us to use all manner of data collection – from one-on-one interviews, to focus groups, to our own Image Grouping participatory techniques. We’ve worked in a variety of contexts and regions, with a wide variety of participant groups.