Working with Planning Consultants (PAS 573)
Few planning officials go through the process of hiring a consultant often enough to feel confident in in the process. The author maps out a path from the decision to hire a consultant to the victory lap at its successful completion.
Published by APA Planning Advisory Service, 2013
Format: Paperback, 100 pp.
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Every year hundreds of local governments hire consultants to help them with planning projects. But few planning officials go through the process often enough to feel confident in choosing consultants wisely, working with them effectively, and getting the best results from the relationships.
The author, an experienced planning consultant, knows firsthand the perils and pitfalls of the process. In six easy-to-follow chapters, he maps out a path from the decision to hire a consultant to the victory lap at its successful completion. He shares sources to find qualified consultants, five ways to structure the selection process, what to include in a Request for Proposal, and how to manage the project once the consultant is on board. His practical guide also covers the nitty-gritty of payment, legal and ethical issues, and dispute resolution. An appendix is packed with handy resources, including a sample consulting agreement, scope of services document, and evaluation form.
Working with Planning Consultants shows not only how to hire a good consultant but how to be a good client — one who gets good value from the investment in consulting services. While the report is aimed at planning officials, consultants also will find pointers for navigating the selection process more smoothly.
Working with Planning Consultants updates Eric Damian Kelly's 1993 report Selecting and Retaining a Planning Consultant, also from APA Planning Advisory Service.