Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers addresses the unique issues faced by evaluators and applied researchers who are interested in becoming independent consultants, as well as by those who need to re-tool their professional practice. This text will be used as a supplementary text in courses in evaluation and applied research in which consulting work is addressed, in addition to its use as a professional text by current and would be practitioners.
Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a well-known senior evaluation advisor, trainer, and writer. She has more than 25 years of practical experience running her own consulting practice, Barrington Research Group, Inc., and has conducted over 130 program evaluation and applied research studies at the federal, provincial and grassroots levels in health, education, and research. She currently provides advice on program evaluation to a number of Canadian organizations. Her recent book, Consulting Start up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators & Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) is based on her consulting . She currently blogs on consulting topics and provides workshops and webinars on consulting skills and evaluation methods. She is a Credentialed Evaluator and a Certified Management Consultant. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. She was recently named to the Dynamic Dozen, the top-rated presenters and trainers at the American Evaluation Association.
Part I: Consulting and You Chapter 1: The Consulting Landscape Chaper 2: Personal Characteristics Chapter 3: Essential Values Chapter 4: Political Skills Chapter 5: Survival Skills Part II: Entrepreneurial Skills Chapter 6: Getting Started Chapter 7: Your Business Plan Chapter 8: Setting your Fees Chapter 9: Managing Time Chapter 10: Getting to Work Chapter 11: Writing Proposals Part III: Business Skills Chapter 12: Managing Money Chapter 13: Ownership Structures Chapter 14: Managing Risk Chapter 15: Managing Contracts Chapter 16: Managing People Chapter 17: Managing Knowledge Glossary Appendix