References Are Important!
An often-overlooked, but critical step in choosing a consultant is company references. Only past clients can provide a truly honest appraisal of the quality of a consulting firm's work. DCS strongly recommends that you contact references prior to selecting your consultant. Extensive experience alone does not always infer a job well done. Other important aspects include timeliness, quality of work, understanding of the subject matter, and the ability to develop cost-effective solutions to complex problems. References will be gladly provided upon request. DCS has a long track record of well-satisfied clients. Click here to download a sample reference evaluation form in Microsoft Excel© format (34K). This can be modified as appropriate, and used as a guideline to evaluate how well our past experience and customer satisfaction matches your needs. It may also be used if you are preparing a competitive solicitation, and require an objective method for comparing the references of multiple consulting firms.
DiDonato Consulting Services       Principal: John DiDonato, NCE        1027 Covington Street     E-mail: dcs@didonato.us    Baltimore, Maryland 21230   Phone: 410-570-3367  Fax: 443-708-1238