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Evaluating Consultants (references)
Frequently it becomes necessary to evaluate and verify a potential vendors references as part of a formal solicitation or prior to engagement as a consultant. I have found the typical reference check method to be a weak validation of a consultants competency. What methods have you successfully used? Have you hired a PI type to perform electronic snooping (data gathering) into a potential vendors financials, past performance, work load, successful projects (on time & w/in budget), staff qualifications, etc.? We need better and maybe more sophisticated tools to help select our consulting partners.
Thank you for suggestions. - Scott Snedden, Senior Contracting Officer, University of Alaska