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.
- Something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.
Most research organizations relish the opportunity to work with a program long enough to witness its profound effects on a community, or even an entire state. The Improve Group has had this privilege through our partnership with many grantees of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in Minnesota.