25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
October 28, 2015 - 9:15am

ADA 25 Year AnniversaryTwenty five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) revolutionized the way our country includes and honors people with disabilities.

October 22, 2015 - 12:38pm

Michael Quinn Patton Opening RemarksHow 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.

October 22, 2015 - 12:28pm

Great Workforce Annual ReportOver 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.

September 17, 2015 - 9:19am

Cash incentivesIn 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.

Community-Responsive Interview
September 16, 2015 - 2:59pm

Interviewing participant for Physicians for PeaceIn fall of 2014, three trends emerged and converged that helped us solidify a direction for the months ahead:

September 16, 2015 - 2:48pm

Inspired by his fall harvest, Evaluator Bear develops an interest in Outcome Harvesting:

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Outcome Haresting
August 27, 2015 - 8:41am

Outcome HarvestingOver the last eighteen months, inspired by the UN Declaration of the International Year of Evaluation, The Improve Group began to deliberately explore two large issues in evaluation:

August 20, 2015 - 3:40pm

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.

June 25, 2015 - 9:33am

Incentive (noun)

  1. Something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.

Pay it Forward Incentive

June 25, 2015 - 9:03am

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.