February 11, 2014 - 2:56pm

Focus Group suppliesIn 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.

December 18, 2013 - 3:50pm


December 16, 2013 - 3:12pm

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.

November 21, 2013 - 10:06am

Infographic MemeEntire 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.

November 21, 2013 - 10:01am

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.

November 11, 2013 - 3:02pm

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.

October 25, 2013 - 10:42am
Danielle Dryke (L front) and Sara Stalland (R back) with female participants of the Mercy Corps MILK project, Niamey, Niger.</body></html>
October 25, 2013 - 10:39am

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.

October 22, 2013 - 3:17pm
SolutionsThis morning, National Public Radio featured a piece on the upcoming results aspect of Charity Navigator’s rating system.