On April 24, 2014, the Minnesota legislature passed the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) Act.
When I attended the recent 2014 American Evaluation Association national conference in Denver, I sought out several sessions focused on the evaluation of work by coalitions and collaboratives. Among the many fascinating topics to explore at the conference, why focus here?
Think of a time in your professional experience when you were really aware of the need for cultural competency.
Any profession has its own set of terrors and spooky stories... Just for Halloween the Improve Group brings you an evaluator’s terrifying trifecta!
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.