Gail Vallance Barrington, professional writer and program evaluator, shares a lifetime of experience with you!

Based on her 35 years as owner and manager of an independent consulting firm, her insights, practical tools, and lessons learned will help you thrive in the dynamic field of evaluation.

Dr. Barrington is a Credentialed Evaluator (CE), certified teacher, and mentor. She has completed over 130 evaluation studies in education, health, and research. She continues to write and teach about how her experiences can benefit your practice.

Gail Vallance Barrington


Evaluation Time:
A Practical Guide for Evaluation

An accessible, contemporary, and comprehensive guide to the concepts and practice of evaluation. Authors Gail Vallance Barrington and Beverly Triana-Tremain integrate new approaches and concerns, and classic frameworks with practical models, tips, and tools that you can use to design your evaluation studies.

Consulting Start-Up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers

Looking to start up your own research and evaluation consultancy? For more than 30 years, Dr. Barrington has offered popular workshops to help evaluators and applied researchers determine if they have what it takes to succeed as independent consultants.


About Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington

Barrington Research Group is owned by Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington and is the professional legacy of her many years as an independent consultant. She owned and managed her firm for over 35 years and provided research and consulting services in program evaluation to a wide variety of clients in government, the postsecondary sector, and healthcare.

She has authored a number of academic articles, book chapters, and two texts, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers (SAGE, 2012) and co-authored Evaluation Time: A Practical Guide to Program Evaluation (SAGE, 2022). She holds degrees from McGill University (BA), Carleton University (MA) and the University of Alberta (PhD in Educational Administration). For many years she taught program evaluation and research skills for Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and Michigan State University. She continues to offer webinars on consulting topics, writes blogs on evaluation and consulting topics, and mentors emerging evaluators.

Honors include the Canadian Evaluation Society award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada (2008), Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada (2014), the American Evaluation Association’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice (2016), and Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society (2018).

Personal Note

“It has been a great career so far and I am so grateful to my family, clients, colleagues, and consulting comrades who have helped to make me who I am today. I have so much to be proud of. I encourage others to consider a career in consulting if they are up for the challenges and the rewards that await them.”
Gail Vallance Barrington
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