Independent Consulting

Trying to Empower Female Evaluators To Stop Feeling Like Impostors by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor. I come today with my third post about Impostor Syndrome (doubting your accomplishments and feeling a constant fear of being exposed as a “fraud”), after the first one where I shared my experience with it and the second one asking for readers to …

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Fighting My (Unjustified) Impostor Syndrome by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor. Lots has happened since my last post in February (a global pandemic for crying out loud), so I’ve been trying to find a timely topic, relevant to what we are all currently living, but I’m afraid I could not come up with one. Therefore, …

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EPE TIG Week: Independent Evaluation Consulting Opportunities and Climate Change by Stephen Maack

Hi, I’m Stephen Maack, an AEA member since 2002, a long-time member and former Chair of the Independent Consulting TIG.  I own REAP Change Consultants, a sole proprietorship, and have done many education-related and library evaluation contracts and some non-profit and health consulting.  Due to the importance of climate change during the remainder of my …

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Evaluation Conferences: To Go or Not To Go, That Is The Question by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and AEA365 frequent contributor, sharing another nugget about my adventures of being an evaluator. Deadlines for presenting proposals for two major evaluation conferences this year –AEA’s Evaluation 2020 and the European Evaluation Society (EES) 2020 Conference — approach, and as every year by this time, I’m in a sea …

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Realizing The Diversity Of My 2019 Evaluation-Related Assignments by Sara Vaca

Happy last days of the year! My name is Sara Vaca, frequent Saturday contributor to this blog, and looking back at 2019 I’ve again realized how amazing my job as independent consultant can be – and how diverse my assignments have been this year! Lesson Learned 1: Since I became a consultant in 2013, every …

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Making Bibliography Sections More User-Friendly by Sara Vaca

Hi again! I’m Sara Vaca, independent evaluation consultant and one of the frequent contributors to Saturday posts in this blog. As a newbie in academic circles (I started writing 5 years ago, shortly after started evaluating), I am going to share my thoughts about bibliography sections, both as an author and as a reader. Basically, …

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My 8 Tips (To Myself) To Try To Make My Consultant Life (Physically and Mentally) Healthier by Sara Vaca

Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor of this blog. Ever since I started my evaluation practice and became a consultant, my life has enormously change (I would say for good!) in comparison with the 10-year period when I used to work for organizations with a 9am-to-5pm office schedule. Those whose are …

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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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