Ms. Ellie Beals
Ellie Beals is a Senior Associate of Beechwood Consulting and Research. Ms. Beals, an eclectic, creative professional who has been consulting primarily to the federal government since 1983, is also a Principal of her own firm. She entered consulting with a background of Communications and plain language skills, and has since developed a number of areas of consulting expertise, which include program evaluation, facilitation, training development and program management. Underlying her success in these varied disciplines is a foundation of strong interpersonal skills, driving her abilities as a polished and empathetic interviewer and facilitator, and equally strong writing skills which have allowed her to develop a wide range of products including uncommonly “readable” reports, speeches, presentations, memos to cabinet, annual reports, and more.
As an evaluator, Ms. Beals has led or participated in every type of evaluation study, including evaluability analyses, formative and summative evaluations and horizontal evaluations. Though social development projects funded through grants and contributions have dominated her portfolio, she has also evaluated a range of other types of initiatives. She offers considerable skill in the full range of evaluation methodologies including the development of instruments of all sorts, conducting document and file reviews, conducting interviews, designing and facilitating focus groups and expert panels, conducting Delphi exercises, designing and analyzing surveys, and developing case studies. Her analytic skills and the reports which display them have been consistently praised by her clients, and have led to a very high rate of “repeat customers”.
Ms. Beals is credentialed evaluator, and is a long-time member of the Canadian Evaluation Society. She has worked with Ms. Svodboda since 2008.