ERIC Number: ED240683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
How to Find and Use a Good Consultant.
Heller, Robert W.
Boards of education often feel that consultants are high-priced or of questionable quality; however, reasonably priced, highly competent consultants are available. Some issues facing school districts can best be approached using the specialized talents and objectivity available only from consultants. When a school board has decided that it needs a consultant, it should seek recommendations on who should be hired. The names of good consultants quickly emerge with strong endorsements from prior clients. The next step is to follow up on the recommendations by checking references and resumes. When the list of prospective consultants has been narrowed to two to four candidates, interviews should be scheduled. The candidates should be asked to prepare a detailed outline of their proposal. When a final selection has been made, the proposal should be reworked into contract form with someone from the board acting as the official contract person. Some portion of the fees should be designated for payment only after the final report has been accepted. Consultants can be a valuable resource if thoughtful planning is used in their recruitment. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the National School Boards Association Convention (San Francisco, CA, April 23-26, 1983).