Independent Consulting

IC TIG Week: Why So Serious? Using Creative Humor to Facilitate Engagement and Skill Development in Evaluation by Emma Duer

I used to work in a pet store, but people were always asking how big I’d get (apologies to Rodney Dangerfield). Jokes aside for a moment, I am Emma Duer, Vice President of Program Evaluation at Dainis & Company, Inc. As a small independent firm, we often use our flexibility to bring maximum creativity and …

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IC TIG Week: Naming Your Evaluation Consultancy by Laura Budzyna

Hello! My name is Laura Budzyna. I’m an independent evaluation consultant, and I -just- named my business – Beyond Measure LLC – a few weeks ago. I also happen to love names – human names, that is. I’ve been lucky enough to name one human, and I’ve helped friends name a handful of others. My …

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IC TIG Week: Cruising Toward Truth by Nathan Browning

Nathan Browning here. I am an independent evaluation & research consultant. I am blessed to work with a lot of different kinds of clients. I occasionally write prose. I am cruising. I am cruising toward truth. I am cruising toward truth through Evaluation Highway. I meander across the thoroughfare, violating dashed lines, slowing to feel …

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IC TIG Week: Creatively Building a Team by Tamara Hamai, Ibiaso Adajames, Kadijah Williams, and Zachariah Rabah

We are the Hamai Consulting team, comprising two long-time team members, Tamara Hamai, Ph.D., who founded the company in 2008, and Ibiaso Adajames (Project Manager), MBA, PMP, who first joined the team in 2014, and two new team members, Kadijah Williams, MA, and Zachariah Rabah, MA, MS, who joined the team as Organizational Development Assistants …

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IC TIG Week: Creativity is Essential to Evaluation Practice—and For a Just and Equitable World by Nora Murphy Johnson, A. Rafael Johnson, and Molly O’Connor

We are Nora Murphy Johnson, A. Rafael Johnson, and Molly O’Connor, writing about creativity and why we at Inspire to Change treat creativity as absolutely critical to evaluation practice. Michael Quinn Patton wrote Creative Evaluation in 1981. His words ring true today, more than forty years later: “Creativity is essential to situational responsiveness. If one …

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IC TIG Week: Iterating, Creating, and otherwise Innovating in Evaluation Practice by Norma Martínez-Rubin

Hello! I’m Norma Martínez-Rubin, a California-based independent evaluation consultant and aspiring harmonica player. I’m attracted to the practical, accessible, and marvelous. To me, creativity typically conjures musical endeavors and the dramatic and visual arts produced in the entertainment field. It’s likely we’ve all enjoyed the arts as patrons and supporters. There’s even more fun when, …

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IC TIG Week: You Never Know What You’ll Find by Lisa Kaczmarczyk

Welcome to the Independent Consultants week! I’m Lisa Kaczmarczyk, Owner of Lisa Kaczmarczyk PhD Consulting, LLC and 2022 Chair of the IC TIG. Our TIG members, often referred to affectionately as IC TIGgers, are an incredibly active and engaged group (some of you may remember from childhood stories that certain Tiggers like to Bounce). IC …

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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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