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Evaluation Consultants

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Evaluation consultants provide their expertise in evaluation and applied research on a temporary basis to a wide range of organizations. They assess program effectiveness and efficiency, answer policy questions, provide advice, and support organizational change. They design and implement tools to collect relevant information; review, analyze, and synthesize that information; and make judgments, report findings, and provide recommendations to improve organizational performance. As contractors, not employees, they have no authority to implement the changes they recommend.

Of course, they must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of any evaluator, as James Altschuld suggests, including knowledge about ethics; performance measurement; systems theory; history, theories, models, and types of evaluation; research design; sampling and measurement; capacity building; communications; and both interpersonal and project management.

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