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Key things to know before registering:

  • eStudy courses will be recorded and made available for 14 days to all paid registrants, beginning in January 2014
  • Your registration for an eStudy course covers all sessions for that course
  • There will be a short homework assignment, requiring an hour or less of your time, between sessions
  • Registration will close five business days in advance of the first session meeting
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eStudy 083- Introduction to Consulting
eStudy 083- Introduction to Consulting

eStudy 083: Introduction to Consulting

Presenter: Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington, President of Barrinton Research Group, Inc.

Description: Are you a program evaluator contemplating venturing out on your own? For many, this may be both an exciting and intimidating prospect. Taught by an independent consultant, this practical eStudy course will reveal the simple but important skills needed to be successful.

The course helps participants apply management consulting, entrepreneurial and small business skills to the evaluation and applied research setting. Valuable samples, worksheets, insider tips and trade secrets are provided. Through lecture, anecdote, at-home exercises, and independent reflection, participants are encouraged to identify and address the unique issues they face and to prepare an action plan.

This eStudy will occur in four 90-minute sessions. Each session will cover three inter-related topics. A pre-course worksheet will be circulated for completion prior to Day 1 and an at-home investigative assignment will precede Days 2, 3 & 4.

This eStudy is directed toward beginners. Attendees need no prior knowledge about how to set up a consulting practice in order to participate fully and effectively in the webinars but it must be a topic they are seriously exploring.

Learning Outcomes:

Determine if consulting is an appropriate career choice
Define your competitive edge & learn some marketing secrets
Examine business plan essentials
Explore the basics to set up shop
Find out how to set fees and track time
Think about work-life balance

Dates and Sessions:

Day 1: The Personal Factor- December 5th 1:00-2:30 (EST)

  1. Is consulting right for me?
  2. My competitive edge
  3. Consultants’ marketing secrets

Day 2: Entrepreneurial Skills- December 7th 1:00-2:30 (EST)

  1. Setting up shop
  2. Price-setting methods & calculating fees
  3. Managing money

Day 3: Business Skills- December 12th 1:00-2:30 (EST)

  1. Business planning
  2. Tracking time
  3. Writing proposals

Day 4: Staying Alive!- December 14th 1:00-2:30 (EST)

  1. Understanding contracts
  2. Managing risk
  3. Survival Skills
  4. Wrap up


Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a senior evaluation advisor and well-known Canadian program evaluator, educator, and writer. She has more than 30 years of experience running her own consulting practice, Barrington Research Group, Inc., and has conducted over 130 program evaluation and applied research studies. Her recent book, Consulting Start up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators & Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) is based on her consulting experience. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. In 2016, she received the AEA’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, a certified teacher, and in 2014 was designated a Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada. As she recently said, “It has been a pleasure throughout my career to be a member of AEA, undoubtedly the most abiding resource in the development of my practice. As a result, I look forward to this opportunity to share my experience with those interested in exploring consulting as a career option.”

Facilitation Experience:

Since the 1990’s, I have presented workshops on consulting topics at professional development events hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and the European Evaluation Society. I have also presented at professional development events at the Summer Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and AEA, and the Claremont Graduate University Summer Professional Development series. This classic webinar series is constantly updated based on participant feedback. I have taught an online Master’s course on Program Evaluation for Athabasca University for many years. I also teach an on-line course in Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods in Program Evaluation for the Master’s program in Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. In addition, I teach a blended course (in-person and on-line) on Program Evaluation for the Master’s in Medical Science Education at the University of Alberta.

Logistics: This six-hour real-­time webinar-­based eStudy workshop will be presented in four, 90-­‐minute sessions.This session is webinar based and  will  include  lecture, question and answer, and opportunities for audience participation. To prepare for each session, there will be a short  homework  assignment such as an article to read or resource to explore.


Student Member Price- $80
Member Price- $150
Student Non-Member Price- $110
Non-Member Price- $200


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