10 Questions to Ask Your Team Before Hiring a Consultant

10 Questions to Ask Your Team Before Hiring a Consultant

There may be many reasons why your organization is considering hiring a consultant. Before you start the process of identifying the right person or organization to meet your needs, ask your team these important questions to ensure you have a clear scope, readiness, and rationale.

  1. What are the goals and end outcomes of the project? What does success look like?
  2. How important is this project to your organization’s mission? What value does it add?
  3. How much funding can be allocated for this project?
  4. Is leadership supportive of the project?
  5. Do stakeholders have the time to spend with consultants to provide insight and input?
  6. Are leadership and staff on board to implement recommendations?
  7. Who will lead the effort? Does that person have the time, insight, and position to oversee the project?
  8. What are the critical tasks and deliverables for this project?
  9. What is the deadline for the project? Is it sufficient time for the level and quality of work expected?
  10. What is the advantage of hiring a consultant for this project? Could it be done in-house with similar costs, effort, and quality?

About the Author:

Aparna Ramakrishnan has 20 years of experience developing and evaluating social sector programs. As Principal at Devi Partners, she provides expertise and technical assistance in strategy, communications, partnerships, research and evaluation to nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations that do good.
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