Do what you like
Anyway, a potential client just asked me what my ideal contract would be, and what’s important to me, in my evaluation work. Poor soul didn’t know what he was getting into, asking a wordy novelist such questions.
What’s important to you?
- Team safety. Duh. Too many incidents already. And the world’s not getting less dangerous anytime soon.
- Sufficient funds and time for what’s asked of me and my team. I do not want to be the one defending a paltry salary and chintzy expenses to a team of data collectors who are about to float down piranha-infested rivers to interview schoolteachers or war victims.
- Flexibility to design an appropriate study in concert with the stakeholders. It should never be a design that’s imposed inflexibly by the client for political reasons.
- Pay me on time.
My ideal contract
- A study of a food security program in Cambodia using a qualitative design
An evaluation of an education program in Honduras using a survey design
- Research on a teen after-school program in Colombia using a mixed methods design
- An evaluation of classroom changes in Zambia using quantitative methods