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Consultants provide independent, objective information and advice to clients in a variety of organizational settings to assist them in achieving their objectives. In an evaluation context, consultants conduct research studies to assess program effectiveness and efficiency, collect and synthesize information, identify problems, and recommend solutions to improve organizational performance and implement change. Consultants provide their professional expertise on a temporary basis and have no authority to implement the changes they recommend. They have both academic and practical experience as well as strong communication and instructional skills. In their independent capacity, it is critical that they model ethical business and research practice.

Gail V. Barrington
10.4135/9781412950558.n104
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