Graphic that spells out the 5 letters in the SMART acronym: "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based."
January 30, 2020 - 4:56pm

Happy New Year, from all of us at The Improve Group! For many of us, the turn of a new year involves reflecting on how far we’ve come in the past 12 months and planning for the next. Often, that involves setting goals.

December 20, 2019 - 10:42am

You're probably aware of the Census, the election, and the Olympics. But did you know that 2020 also marks The Improve Group’s 20-year anniversary? We are thrilled to celebrate with you all year. And, like our community-responsive approach to evaluation, we want to engage you all—our extended family—in planning and celebrating this momentous occasion!

Graphic of the words "Evaluation Frame-what? How Evaluation Frameworks Help Organizations be More Data-Driven"
December 19, 2019 - 12:40pm

Headshot of Sara Stalland McGarraughHey—I’m Sara Stalland McGarraugh, a Managing Consultant here at The Improve Group, and I’m excited to discuss evaluation frameworks for this mo

An image of a beautifully decorated cake with a caption of the article's title "Relationships, Words, and Cake: Takeaways from #Eval19"
November 26, 2019 - 5:12pm

With the American Evaluation Conference happening right in our backyard this year, The Improve Group had a strong presence, from presenting at sessions, to co-sponsoring Topical Interest Group (TIG) socials, to hosting our improv party Friday night—thanks to everyone who came! As we made our way around sessions (and on that long trek back-and-forth between the hotel and convention center), we percolated on a couple themes that came up in addition to the declared conference theme, “Paths to the future of evaluation” …

Several tools are aligned in the background of this image along with the title of the article as the caption: "Supporting providers to ensure people can access high quality home and community-based waiver services"
November 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

*Note: In the article below, “person” or “people” refers to people who receive Medicaid HCBS waiver services.

Headshots of Amy Cyr and Jim Nord
November 26, 2019 - 4:03pm

Headshots of Amy Cyr & Jim NordAt The Improve Group, we’re always looking for ways to be more person-centered in our work and our language.

Headshot of Maria Moeller
November 12, 2019 - 11:46am
Minnesota Nice is our state's moniker – and our own Chief Marketing Officer, Maria Moeller, just had to jump in for this month's IG-ology to help prepare you for your visit to the American Evaluation Association 2019 Annual Conference. From preparing for the unpredictable weather, to fun things to do, to getting the most out of your conference experience, you can't miss these tips!
Image of the Minneapolis Skyline with text that says "Welcome to #MinnAEApolis"
October 21, 2019 - 6:29pm

Ope—have you heard the news? The American Evaluation Association annual conference is taking place in our backyard this year! We send a cohort of IG-ers to the conference every year—whether it is in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, or Atlanta—and so are excited to host all our evaluation friends and colleagues here this year!

Headshot of Jennifer Obinna
September 26, 2019 - 10:20am

Headshot of Jennifer ObinnaOver the summer we said a bittersweet goodbye to Jennifer Obinna, one of The Improve Group’s Directors of Consulting and a member of our organization since 2013. Jennifer is returning to independent consulting, which she did before joining IG. While we will miss Jennifer’s presence in the office, we are glad she will continue to be a resource for when her skills can complement ours, and vice versa.

Headshot of Isabel Marsh
September 26, 2019 - 10:05am

Headshot of Isabel MarshHi, I'm Isabel Marsh, an Associate Consultant here at The Improve Group (IG).