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Gail V. Barrington, Ph.D.

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Position

Assistant Professor

Email

gbarrington@barringtonresearchgrp.com

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Area of Interest

Program evaluation, independent consulting, training, writing and mentoring

Faculty Information

Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a well-known program evaluator who has made significant contributions to the profession of evaluation through her practice, writing, teaching, training, mentoring and service to the field. She founded her consulting firm, Barrington Research Group, Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1985 and has conducted more than 130 program evaluation and applied research studies at the federal, provincial and grassroots levels. Her studies range from health promotion and health services to education and training, research, and knowledge exchange. Her recent work on evidence-based evaluation has led to the development of more rigorous evaluation designs and she is currently advising a number of organizations about the adoption of this approach.

Recent examples of her evaluation work include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director, Understanding Licensed Practical Nurses’ Full Scope of Practice Research Study (with R. Shimoni), Alberta: Bow Valley College. 2012. The Final Report can be found at http://issuu.com/clpna/docs/understanding_lpn_full_scope_research. The distinctive features of case study methodology developed for this study have been described in Barrington, G., Shimoni, R., Legaspi, A. “Case study site selection: Using an evidence-based approach in health care settings.” In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications Ltd., 2014. [DOI forthcoming.]
  • Designed and co-managed Successful Practices in Supporting Students in Distributed Learning, to identify the tools and strategies needed for the successful implementation and expansion of student services to support alternative delivery learners. Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and Bow Valley College. (2010). See http://www.ecampusalberta.ca/files/FINAL%20REPORT%20Successful%20Practic...
  • Designed and conducted an evaluation of the Medical Access to Service Project, to improve the efficiency of central access and intake services. Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. (2008-2009). See http://www.departmentofmedicine.com/MAS/documents/mas_final_sept1_2009.pdf

She is a graduate of McGill University (BA), Carleton University (MA), and the University of Alberta (PhD) with a doctorate in educational administration. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, a Certified Management Consultant, and a certified teacher. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Since the 1990’s, Dr. Barrington has conducted workshops on evaluation topics at professional development events hosted by the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Summer Institute sponsored by the Centres for Disease Control and AEA, and the Claremont Graduate University Summer Professional Development series. Last year she began to offer webinars on consulting skills and these have proved to be quite popular. She was recently named to the Dynamic Dozen, the top-rated presenters and trainers at AEA .

Gail has been an active member of CES and AEA since 1985 and has served on a number of committees for these organizations including as a member of the AEA Board of Directors from 2006-2008. She is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Evaluation Society Credentialing Board and is an Emeritus Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund. She is also a member of the editorial board for New Directions in Evaluation and co-edited Issue #111 (2006) on Independent Evaluation Consulting. In 2008 she received the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Gail currently blogs on evaluation and consulting topics, writes an on-line column as an honorary member of the Washington Evaluators, and prepares a regular Q&A column for the AEA Independent Evaluators Topical Interest Group quarterly newsletter. For more information see www.barringtonresearchgrp.com.

 

Featured Projects and Reports

Gail’s recent book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) has been very well received and continues to sell out at evaluation events. This is a must-read for all consultants who are considering going out on their own or for those who want to fine-tune their current business practice. The book is well-written, well-researched, and easy to read. It covers how to start a consulting practice, set fees, find work, and manage time and money. Ownership structures, business systems, contracts, insurance, and hiring sub-contractors and staff are all clearly addressed. The book provides advice and encouragement for independent practitioners and offers them a roadmap to success. As Dawn Hanson Smart commented recently in her review of the book: “Consulting Start-up and Management, while basic in the information it imparts, is a treasure, covering the many aspects of consulting that should be explored by anyone who is contemplating the leap....this is a thoughtful book that discusses the topics that readers entering consulting need to think about, pointing them in the right directions to investigate essential subjects in greater depth.” American Journal of Evaluation 2013 34(1) 132-134

 

Position

Assistant Professor

Email

gbarrington@barringtonresearchgrp.com

Social Media

Area of Interest

Program evaluation, independent consulting, training, writing and mentoring
   

Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a well-known program evaluator who has made significant contributions to the profession of evaluation through her practice, writing, teaching, training, mentoring and service to the field. She founded her consulting firm, Barrington Research Group, Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1985 and has conducted more than 130 program evaluation and applied research studies at the federal, provincial and grassroots levels. Her studies range from health promotion and health services to education and training, research, and knowledge exchange. Her recent work on evidence-based evaluation has led to the development of more rigorous evaluation designs and she is currently advising a number of organizations about the adoption of this approach.

Recent examples of her evaluation work include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director, Understanding Licensed Practical Nurses’ Full Scope of Practice Research Study (with R. Shimoni), Alberta: Bow Valley College. 2012. The Final Report can be found at http://issuu.com/clpna/docs/understanding_lpn_full_scope_research. The distinctive features of case study methodology developed for this study have been described in Barrington, G., Shimoni, R., Legaspi, A. “Case study site selection: Using an evidence-based approach in health care settings.” In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications Ltd., 2014. [DOI forthcoming.]
  • Designed and co-managed Successful Practices in Supporting Students in Distributed Learning, to identify the tools and strategies needed for the successful implementation and expansion of student services to support alternative delivery learners. Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and Bow Valley College. (2010). See http://www.ecampusalberta.ca/files/FINAL%20REPORT%20Successful%20Practic...
  • Designed and conducted an evaluation of the Medical Access to Service Project, to improve the efficiency of central access and intake services. Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. (2008-2009). See http://www.departmentofmedicine.com/MAS/documents/mas_final_sept1_2009.pdf

She is a graduate of McGill University (BA), Carleton University (MA), and the University of Alberta (PhD) with a doctorate in educational administration. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, a Certified Management Consultant, and a certified teacher. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Since the 1990’s, Dr. Barrington has conducted workshops on evaluation topics at professional development events hosted by the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Summer Institute sponsored by the Centres for Disease Control and AEA, and the Claremont Graduate University Summer Professional Development series. Last year she began to offer webinars on consulting skills and these have proved to be quite popular. She was recently named to the Dynamic Dozen, the top-rated presenters and trainers at AEA .

Gail has been an active member of CES and AEA since 1985 and has served on a number of committees for these organizations including as a member of the AEA Board of Directors from 2006-2008. She is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Evaluation Society Credentialing Board and is an Emeritus Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund. She is also a member of the editorial board for New Directions in Evaluation and co-edited Issue #111 (2006) on Independent Evaluation Consulting. In 2008 she received the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Gail currently blogs on evaluation and consulting topics, writes an on-line column as an honorary member of the Washington Evaluators, and prepares a regular Q&A column for the AEA Independent Evaluators Topical Interest Group quarterly newsletter. For more information see www.barringtonresearchgrp.com.

 

Gail’s recent book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) has been very well received and continues to sell out at evaluation events. This is a must-read for all consultants who are considering going out on their own or for those who want to fine-tune their current business practice. The book is well-written, well-researched, and easy to read. It covers how to start a consulting practice, set fees, find work, and manage time and money. Ownership structures, business systems, contracts, insurance, and hiring sub-contractors and staff are all clearly addressed. The book provides advice and encouragement for independent practitioners and offers them a roadmap to success. As Dawn Hanson Smart commented recently in her review of the book: “Consulting Start-up and Management, while basic in the information it imparts, is a treasure, covering the many aspects of consulting that should be explored by anyone who is contemplating the leap....this is a thoughtful book that discusses the topics that readers entering consulting need to think about, pointing them in the right directions to investigate essential subjects in greater depth.” American Journal of Evaluation 2013 34(1) 132-134

 

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