(12) Getting Started: Introductory Consulting Skills for Evaluators (October 15, 2013: 9am-4pm)

Session Number: 12
Track: Workshops
Session Type: Pre-Conference
Primary Presenter: Gail Vallance Barrington, Dr.
Time: Oct 15, 2013 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Columbia Section 10

Schedule: Full Day, Tuesday 9-4
Level: Beginner
Speakers: None


Program evaluators who are thinking about going out on their own will find that it can be both challenging and intimidating unless they have the simple, but important skills required to be successful. This practical workshop is based on a synthesis of management consulting literature, evaluation and applied research processes, and entrepreneurial and small business skills.

Through lecture, anecdotes, discussions, small-group exercises and independent reflection, this workshop will help you solve problems and develop strategies for action. Samples, worksheets, insider tips, trade secrets and personal anecdotes will be provided to help you address your unique business issues. You will leave this workshop with a clearer understanding of what it takes to be an independent consultant.

You will learn:

  • If consulting is an appropriate career choice for you;
  • How to establish your small business and think like an entrepreneur; 
  • To make choices regarding logistics and start-up;
  • How to set fees and track time; 
  • To determine your competitive edge and find work.

Gail Barrington has many years of practical experience as an independent consultant. She founded Barrington Research Group Inc. in 1985 and has conducted more than 125 program evaluation and applied research studies. Her recent book, Consulting Start-up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators & Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) is based on the many workshops on consulting skills that she has offered over the years. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada.

Session 12: Consulting Skills

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