Independent Consulting

IC TIG Week: Design and Evaluation — Same, Same, but Different by Anna Martin & Katrina Mitchell

Hello fellow humans. My name is Anna Martin (she/her). I am an Evaluator, Social Worker, Facilitator, Complexity Coach, curious mischief maker and co-founder of Picture Impact. I have partnered with a designer (Katrina Mitchell) and it couldn’t be a happier work marriage—bringing forth new skills, perspectives and project roles. Evaluation and Design are wonderful trans-disciplines …

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IC TIG Week: Stepping Outside the SOW to Help a Project Succeed by Lisa Kaczmarczyk

I’m Lisa Kaczmarczyk, owner of Lisa Kaczmarczyk PhD Consulting, LLC. My company works with academic STEM researchers on large federally funded projects. My clients often expect me to gather data that provides them insight into what other people think about their project. Although not in my SOWs, sometimes the success of the project depends upon …

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IC TIG Week: 4 Lessons Learned from Engineering by Alicia B. Kiremire

Good morning from a hot summer day in Louisiana!  My name is Alicia B. Kiremire, owner of FlowStream Management, LLC. As an engineer turned independent evaluation consultant, I’d love to share four engineering lessons that have been super helpful in my evaluation work. Lessons Learned: #1: Nurture a “systems” way of thinking. In engineering, we …

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IC TIG Week: Work Where You Live, Live Where You Work by Ebony Reddock

My name is Ebony Reddock. I am the owner of Bumblebee Design and Evaluation and a Senior Evaluation Consultant at Michigan Public Health Institute. When I decided to start my own business, in part I did it to be able to structure my practice in service to Southeastern Michigan more deliberately than I could as …

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IC TIG Week: Organizational Development for Agents of Change: The Oppression Matrix by Laurie Jones Neighbors

Hello evaluators! I am Laurie Jones Neighbors. My focus as a researcher and evaluator is to support liberation for all. As a managing consultant, I also seek to build a business that “walks the talk” of anti-oppression in every facet of the organization, from recruitment and hiring to making decisions about expenditures. Very often, there …

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IC TIG Week: Shifting into Solopreneurship: Wearing the Hat of Business Owner by Elizabeth Grim

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Grim (she/her) of Elizabeth Grim Consulting, LLC. I am an evaluation consultant helping organizations untangle their data and tell their story. I am also President of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS). In my evaluation work, I wear many hats, often balancing multiple roles each day: consultant, coach, collaborator, writer, …

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IC TIG Week: Finding Independence Through Professional Branding by Nina Sabarre

Happy Independence Day! My name is Nina Sabarre, Founder & Principal of Intention 2 Impact (I2I) and Chair of the Independent Consulting TIG. Although I2I recognizes Juneteenth as the nation’s true commemoration of freedom, 4th of July also offers an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate independence.  This week, the Independent Consulting TIG is taking …

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Why They Call It Developmental Evaluation When They Mean Evaluative Friendship by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor and I’m thrilled because one of my present commitments is working again with UNFPA, with the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (fascinating region), facilitating their first Developmental Evaluation (and mine!), and I am fascinated by how this approach I’ve heard and …

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IEA Affiliate Week: Separating Working at Home from Home Life by Kate Bathon Shufeldt

I am Kate Bathon Shufeldt, a Board member of the Indiana Evaluation Association and owner of Thrive Nonprofit Solutions, an independent consulting firm in Indianapolis. Having worked from a home office for years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had an opportunity to develop and refine my strategies for working from home. While there …

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Evaluation as an Ecosystem: Building our ability to collaborate effectively by Liz Gordillo, Rory Neuner, Leah Josephson, and Lauren Beriont

Hi, we’re Liz Gordillo (Liz G Strategy), Rory Neuner (formerly with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund), Leah Josephson (Emergence Collective), and Lauren Beriont (Emergence Collective). Since 2019, we’ve been working on building the evaluation ecosystem of Michigan. First, let’s back up to why we thought this was important. One worldview is that evaluation consultants compete …

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