Working with consultants

Engaging consultants has become a central part of modern policy work. However, ineffective working relationships with consultants can result in cost over-runs, time blow outs, or poor-quality outputs.

Course Description

This course is designed to address these issues. It will provide participants with several tools and techniques to get the most from a consulting engagement. As part of this, participants will be taught how to best manage consultants; common pitfalls; and what consultants actually do on a day-to-day basis.

This course will be of particular interest to public and not-for-profit managers and senior officers who need to engage a consultant, but have limited experience in doing so. It will also suit those who want to deepen their skills and knowledge in working with consultants.

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Key information

Course date
Tuesday 17 July, 8:30am—12:30pm
Faculty Chair
Professor Janine O'Flynn
Course Fees
Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, 3050

Improved management and understanding of consultants and their role

  • Learn tools and techniques to ensure consulting projects are delivered on time, on budget, and to a high standard
  • Learn how to find the right consultant for the job
  • Develop an understanding of when a consultant might be needed, and the likely costs involved
  • Understand typical risks in a consulting project, and how to manage them
  • Learn how to assess the quality of a consulting project

What does fee cover: The program fee covers all teaching, course materials, tea and coffee, and a light lunch.

Certificate: Participants will receive a Melbourne School of Government certificate of attainment. The course may also be eligible towards continuing professional development points.

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