Advance your projects and programs with Great River Consulting, which specializes in social and community sector evaluation and planning services. 


Through systematic gathering and analysis of data, organizations use program evaluation to learn, to make better programming decisions, to make the best use of limited resources, to manage proactively, to improve outcomes and to show stakeholders the value of their investment. We use a variety of approaches but work closely with clients with a focus on rigorous, positive informative and usable results.


Working collaboratively with clients, I guide and support the development of strategic plans. 
Together, we look at where an organization is now, where it wants to be in the future and then we map a path forward with measures of progress and success.

Other Services

There are other services offered to support your organization’s projects, programs and performance.

Needs Assessment

Assessing current situation and determining where the gaps are in consideration of future direction.


Performance Measurement

Collaboratively identifying and establishing success indicators in line with goals and strategy.



Developing knowledge and skills for specific competencies



Engaging participants with tools and a clear progress to achieve meeting outcomes


Program Implementation Coaching

Guidance and support to ensure the most successful start to your program


Community Consultation

Planning and facilitation of public or community meetings


Current and Past Projects

Helen has carried out projects in a range of subject areas mainly in community and social services sector.
Current Projects

John Howard Society – Evaluator for Arches supportive employment program

Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre – Evaluator for program aimed at improving the mental health of you through  Social and Emotional Learning. 

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network – Consultant and designer of performance measures related to future planning and personal support network development.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa, Community Outreach Program – Evaluator for program aimed at improving sexual and reproductive health of five marginalized target populations. 

Planned Parenthood Ottawa, Status of Women Canada – Evaluator of a project to improve services for women who are experiencing gender-based violence.

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa – Evaluator for Lifetime Networks Ottawa Pilot Project building support networks for persons with mental illness.

International Development Resource Centre – Training design for a series of workshops IDRC staff and grantees on the use of the Commissioner’s Guide to Managing Evaluations.

Past Projects

Ottawa Food Bank – Strategic Planning and Consultation for the Ottawa Food Bank through widespread and diverse public consultation

The Community Food Hub – Evaluator for a collective impact initiative to bring organizations together for bulk, nutritious food purchases.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa, Parent Peer Leadership – Evaluator of project aimed at  equipping and empowering immigrant parents to be a source of sexual information for their children

Sexual Assault Network –  Evaluator of Project SoundCheck a project launched to address sexual violence music festivals through bystander intervention.

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network – Evaluator of competencies for the profession of independent facilitation and planning.

Ottawa Tool Library – Facilitator for strategic direction and governance planning.

Women’s Economic Council – Advisor for Jigsaw Puzzle project aimed at increasing economic prosperity for women in Canada.

EcoEquitable – Strategic Planner for 2017-2020 plan conducted over two days with internal stakeholders.

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa – Facilitator for a stakeholder engagement pilot project to build “Natural Supports” for persons living with mental illness.

Coady International Institute – Mentor for Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute to support emerging leaders working in community economic development.

Catalyst X – Evaluator of Needs Assessment to support program’s participant growth and partnership development.

Ottawa Police Service – Table Host Facilitator for an OPS Let’s Chat Priorities stakeholder consultation on proposed 2016-2018 Business Plan.

Environmental Project Management Solutions and Sustainability – Evaluator for project (Phase 1 and Phase 2) evaluated business process and results, identified gaps and risks, planned (strategic, marketing and financial), conducted financial analysis and establish performance metrics.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities – Evaluator and Trainer for Implementation of the Literacy and Basic Skills program Performance Management System.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities – Evaluator and Trainer for Implementation of the Employment Ontario Information System (EOIS) Case Management Database that comprised part of the Performance Management System.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities – Evaluator and Trainer Implementation of the new Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF)  for the Literacy and Basic Skills program.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities – Evaluator Community Footprint Analysis of  Literacy and Basic Skills services delivery inequities in Eastern Ontario.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario – Evaluator of Apprenticeship Modernization Project – Certificate of Qualification Program Review.

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities –  Program Designer for Apprenticeship Modernization Project re-design of the Certificate of Qualification Program.

Employment Ontario, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Ontario Skills Development: Consultant to analyze labour market issues, provide program support and administer funding for qualified Ontarians.

BioTalent Canada a Practical Assessment program, Skills Development at Work Project:  Project Manager of project to create a Practical Skills Assessment program to facilitate the entry of highly skilled Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) into the biotechnology labour market.

University of Ottawa, Centre for Academic Leadership: Program Designer, Coordinator for a program to deliver professional training including a mentoring program for professors.

University of Ottawa, Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Program Coordinator to combine the administrative processes for the three educational institutions participating in the collaborative program.

University of Ottawa Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Evaluation Report Coordinator to write two evaluation reports for the program’s internal and external accreditation processes.


Depending on the project, I will collaborate with others works with for the best possible results.

Collaborative partners include:

Lansdowne Group 
Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitation Business Line

Lansdowne has 38 years of experience creating custom-made solutions that help our customers succeed. For more information on Lansdowne visit their website.

Allison Hewlitt

Allison is systems-thinker who has worked internationally in learning and knowledge sharing processes and tools. Allison is also a facilitator and community mediator.

Jihan Abbas Ph.D
Researcher and Consultant

Jihan is a researcher and consultant in social policy, disability and equity. For more information about Jihan, visit her website.