Independent Consulting

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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The Value of an Independent Evaluation Advisory Group for Developmental Evaluators by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders, NGOs, networks and leadership training institutions in South Africa and internationally.  This blog is about the value of establishing an Evaluation Advisory Group when your task requires more skills that you have! I’m currently the ‘learning and assessment partner’ of …

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Promoting Critical Thinking with the Six Thinking Hats applied to Evaluation by Sara Vaca

Hey! I’m Sara Vaca, independent evaluator and part of the AEA365 team, eventual Saturday contributor. Some time ago, I ran into this framework for critical thinking and I thought it was interesting for evaluators. Rad Resource: The Six Thinking Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion …

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LAWG Week: Evaluation Without Borders: Giving Back During Evaluation 2018 by Seema Mahato

Greetings! I’m Seema Mahato, board member (student representative) for The Ohio Program Evaluator’s Group (OPEG) and a member of the Local Arrangements Working Group for Evaluation 2018. ‘Evaluation without Borders’, a pro-bono evaluation consulting program was piloted by Washington Evaluators at the 2017 AEA conference. As a participant of this event during AEA 2017, as a …

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IC TIG Week: Reaping What You Sow by Martha Brown

Hello, I’m Martha Brown, and I started my consulting business in 2016 thanks to some encouragement from a group of passionate independent consultants. I was recently inspired by a keynote speaker, Lea Bill, at the 2018 CES Conference. She displayed a logic model that was circular and artistic, and it included the values of the …

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IC TIG Week: Evaluator as Translator by Melanie Hwalek

My name is Melanie Hwalek. I have been practicing evaluation for almost 40 years. I’ve always taken for granted my knowledge of social science research design. Recently, I had a profound experience that made me realize how this knowledge can be used to empower voices from the field. Hot Tip: Respect the power of our …

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IC TIG Week: What is this thing deemed “value-added”? by Norma Martínez-Rubin

Hello! My name is Norma Martínez-Rubin. As an independent evaluation consultant, I specialize in evaluating nonprofits’ and foundations’ disease prevention and health promotion programs and projects. I’m particularly drawn to initiatives designed to address health, economic, and educational inequities. Because of the complexity associated with such efforts, I’ve been part of multidisciplinary evaluation teams in which, …

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