Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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(16) Jump-starting Your Consulting Practice: What to Think About, What to Do

Session Number: 16
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE [President - Barrington Research Group, Inc.]
Time: Nov 10, 2015 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Room: Wrigley

Audience Level: Beginner
Learning Outcomes: • If consulting is an appropriate career choice for you
• Determine your competitive edge and find work
• Create a business plan and learn about setting up shop
• Explore some management skills—how to set fees and track time
• Think about work-life balance
Facilitation Experience: As an expert in the field, Gail Barrington has 30 years of practical experience running a consulting practice, Barrington Research Group, Inc. and has conducted over 130 program evaluations and applied research studies, mainly in health and education. This experience led to her book, Consulting Start-up and Management: a Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers (Sage, 2012). Since the 1990's, Mrs. Barrington has tirelessly presented workshops on consulting topics at professional development events. Venues include annual conferences hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and most recently by the European Evaluation Society in Dublin in 2014. She has presented at professional development events such as the AEA Summer Evaluation Institute and the Claremont Graduate University Summer Professional Development series. In 2013 she began to offer webinars on consulting skills and was named to the Dynamic Dozen, the top-rated presenters and trainers at AEA. Her webinar on intermediate consulting skills was a top-rated e-learning webinar in 2013. For many years she has taught an online Master's course on evaluation for Athabasca University and is currently designing a course on qualitative research and mixed methods for the new on-line Master's program in Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society Credentialing Board, acting as a peer reviewer, and is an Emeritus Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund. She is also a member of the editorial board for New Directions in Evaluation and co-edited Issue #111 (2006) on Independent Evaluation Consulting. In 2008 she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada and in 2014 was made a Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada.

Session Abstract:  Are you a program evaluator contemplating venturing out on your own? For many, this can be both an exciting and intimidating prospect. Taught by an independent consultant with 30 years of experience, this workshop will reveal the simple but important skills needed to be successful. You will develop skills for success that are based on management consulting, entrepreneurial, and small business skills applied to the evaluation and applied research setting. Valuable samples, worksheets, insider tips, and trade secrets will be provided. You will be encouraged to identify and address the unique issues you face and to prepare an action plan. Do you have what it takes? This workshop will help you find out and will provide what you need to face the challenges ahead.


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Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $50 fee will be granted for requests received in writing prior to 11:59 PM EDT October 6, 2015. Email cancellation requests to registration@eval.org. Fax request to (202) 367-2173. All refunds are processed after the meeting. After October 6, 2015 all sales are final.