Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

View Printable Version

Other People Are Smart, Too: Management Lessons from Our Colleagues in Different Sectors

Session Number: 1325
Track: Independent Consulting
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Business management, independent consulting, Management
Session Chair: Corey Newhouse [Founder and Principal - Public Profit]
Presenter 1: Jana Sharp [Founder & Principal - Sharp Insight, LLC]
Presenter 2: Corey Newhouse [Founder and Principal - Public Profit]
Presenter 3: Nishi Moonka [Managing Director - Resource Development Associates]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Delaware B

Abstract 1 Title: Human Capital: The (Not So) Secret Ingredient
Presentation Abstract 1:

As a human services industry, evaluation consultancies’ prized possessions are its people.  In this session we’ll focus on approaches to engaging and retaining our “human capital” -- from hiring and managing the “right” staff for each position to offering benefits that are highly attractive (yet feasible) in our ever-changing freelance economy.  We’ll pull in lessons learned from academia, business, and nonprofit leadership.  Here’s to nurturing teams of highly productive and engaged 21st Century evaluators!

Abstract 2 Title: Business development in evaluation - learning from professional services firms & small business owners
Presentation Abstract 2:

The wealth of research about professional services firms and small business owners offer fantastic insights for independent evaluation consultants. In this presentation, we’ll share how understanding variations in the type of work you do (Maister) influences staffing, pricing and marketing choices. We’ll also challenge the myth that marketing is the best way to get clients (Port), and share alternative approaches that keep work coming.

Abstract 3 Title: Organizational Leadership and Health - Best Practices from Management Professional Services Firms
Presentation Abstract 3:

The power of organizational health is undeniable. A number of management books capture how leadership and clarity are key to organizational health. In this presentation, we will share why organizational health is the single greatest factor in determining an organization’s success and the four disciplines to become a healthy organization (Lenciono).

Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Independent consultants must master disciplines beyond evaluation, including business development, HR and leadership. In this session, we’ll share our best lessons learned from other sectors that improve the quality of our work.


For questions or concerns about your event registration, please contact registration@eval.org or 202-367-1173.

For questions about your account, membership status, or help logging in, please contact info@eval.org.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less a $50 fee will be granted for requests received in writing prior to 11:59 PM EDT October 16, 2017. Email cancellation requests to registration@eval.org. Fax request to (202) 367-2173. All refunds are processed after the meeting. After October 16, 2017 all sales are final. For Evaluation 2017, international attendees and presenters who encounter complications due to the international travel environment will have up to 30 days after the event to request a refund and submit appropriate documentation. No administrative fee will apply for the international requests. The $50 fee will be waived for registrants who planned to travel into the US and experienced international travel issues.