Independent Consulting

IC TIG Week: How does white fragility impact our evaluations? By Rita Fierro

For the past two years, the Independent Consulting TIG has had a book club, designed to help evaluation professionals get out of our silos. I am grateful to Michelle Molina for saying yes to adding White Fragility as an option. I’m Rita Fierro, founder of Fierro Consulting, LLC and I co-facilitated the sessions with Michelle. …

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IC TIG Week: Building Collaborative Communities for Systemic Change and Improvement by Tamara Hamai

My name is Tamara Hamai, and I am President of Hamai Consulting, an evaluation firm focused on improving child well-being from cradle through career.  Some of our current and past projects are with Collective Impact initiatives and countywide networks of organizations collaborating to create systems-level improvements to better support children and families. We are facilitators …

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IC TIG Week: Making Connections and Building Community as an Independent Consultant by Cate Samuelson

Hello, my name is Cate Samuelson. I currently work as both an independent consultant and an internal evaluator. I began working as an independent consultant in 2007, and two years ago, I started Collaborative Solutions, an equity-focused research and evaluation consulting business. Being an independent consultant does not mean you have to work alone. I’ve …

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IC TIG Week: Testing the Waters through Part-time Consulting by Rocele Estanislao

Greetings from Los Angeles! My name is Rocele Estanislao and I have worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for over 15 years in program evaluation and data management. I have thought of becoming an independent consultant; however, for various reasons haven’t taken the final leap. During the last three years, I started thinking about …

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IC TIG Week: Great (Master)minds Think Alike by Nina Sabarre

Hi, there! My name is Nina Sabarre and I am the Founder and Principal of Intention 2 Impact, LLC. Today’s post is about the importance of peer mentoring to advance evaluation business ventures, and a new mastermind initiative through the Independent Consulting TIG (IC TIG)! I am currently pursuing my PhD in Evaluation and Applied …

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IC TIG Week: Boundless Teams; Endless Possibilities by Maria Viteri Vela and Robert Perez

Hello good people. We are Maria Viteri Vela and Robert Perez. Maria is the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Robert is a Research Assistant at Hamai Consulting. We would like to introduce to you the start of the Independent Consulting TIG Week! The topic this week is Independent Does Not Mean Alone (Collaboration and Community …

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What I Have Learned From Having A Website/Blog For 7 Years by Sara Vaca

Hello, AEA365 readers! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant specializing in evaluation of international development and in playing with data visualization. Since the start of my practice which started almost at the same time as my passion for dataviz, I’ve always had a website that has evolved over the years. …

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Why (Real) Participation Is A Still a Pipe-dream (So Far ) In My Evaluation Practice by Sara Vaca

Hi, AEA365 family! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant specializing in evaluation of international development programmes and policies, and I’m platonically in love with Participation. Here is my practical relationship with it so far, though. Hot Tip: I understand participation as including many different actors, preferably those who have less …

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There’s more to working independently than making your own coffee by Chelsea BaileyShea and Corey Smith

Hello! We are Chelsea BaileyShea, owner and principal evaluator at Compass Evaluation + Consulting LLC, located in Rochester, NY and Corey Smith, independent evaluator, located in Detroit, MI. We are writing about the importance of setting up networks of support, local or otherwise, when you are working as an independent consultant. We met while working …

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Lessons Learned from Applying for 100+ Evaluations by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca (independent evaluator), bringing my monthly Saturday post. I started consulting in 2013 and I must have conducted 20-ish evaluations since then. In order to do that, I must have sent out 100-ish proposal applications. Here are some reflections from that experience… Lessons Learned: About how it works Once you …

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