About Us

barringtonBarrington Research Group, Inc. is owned and managed by Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington. Since 1985, we have been providing research and consulting services in program evaluation and applied research in the fields of health, education, and training. We are acknowledged leaders in both Canada and the United States. 

30yearsWe use a variety of qualitative research methods including interviews, surveys, focus groups, case studies, document reviews, literature/internet searches, and on-site observation. We work collaboratively with clients, providing frequent feedback and personalized service. We have an established track record and over the past 30 years have worked with federal, provincial, and territorial governments, as well as with not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions, health organizations, and foundations.

Mission Statement

Barrington Research Group, Inc. is an acknowledged leader in program evaluation, applied research, and training in both Canada and the United States. We are independent, ethical and rigorous, innovative, and collaborative. Through our research studies we answer important social questions and support informed and accountable decision making.

Brief Bio

Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington is a well-known Canadian program evaluator who has made significant contributions to the profession through her evaluation practice, writing, teaching, training, mentoring and service. She brings her passion for social justice, wealth of practical experience, and commitment to quality research to all her consulting projects.

Gail-May-2011-closeupShe has conducted more than 130 program evaluation and applied research studies in areas ranging 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 this approach.

Dr. Barrington is a graduate of McGill University, Carleton University, and the University of Alberta and holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration. She is a Credentialed Evaluator and a Certified Management Consultant as well as a certified teacher. She instructs a Master's level course on evaluation for the Centre for Health Studies at Athabasca University. For many years, she has conducted workshops on evaluation topics and is frequently rated a top presenter. She has mentored a number of trainees, students, and independent consultants.

For many years she has taught an online Master's course for the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University. Recently, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University where she is currently designing a course on qualitative research and mixed methods for their new on-line Master's program in Program Evaluation. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society Credentialing Board, acting as a peer reviewer, 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.

Her recent book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) has been very well received. She blogs on consulting topics and writes an on-line column for the Washington Evaluators (USA) as well as a quarterly newsletter column on consulting for the Independent Consulting Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association.

She is a graduate of McGill University (BA), Carleton University (MA) and has a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. 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. In 2014 she was made a Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada.

See Dr. Barrington's LinkedIn profile: http://lnkd.in/7ZGxV2

Check out this fun conversation on making the leap into consulting, a recent podcast Gail had with James Coyle & Kylie Hutchinson.

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