Dr. Bernadette Wright, Director of Research & Evaluation

Dr. Bernadette Wright has been involved in research and program evaluation for two decades. At Meaningful Evidence, she supports nonprofit organizations to use program evaluation and research to demonstrate value to funders and inform decision-making, so they can make a bigger difference.

Bernadette is also under contract with Sage Publications to co-author a textbook, Practical Mapping for Program Evaluation and Applied Research. She also frequently provides workshops on evaluation, such as a Special Program at Foundation Center DC in 2017. She also frequently writes on evaluation techniques, such as recent articles in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) and the Foundation Center DC blog and an award-winning paper presented at the 2015 Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning annual meeting.

Before starting her own business, Bernadette was Consultant at The Lewin Group. Before that, she was Policy Research Analyst at AARP Public Policy Institute. In her early career, she was Senior Evaluation Specialist at the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.

Bernadette earned her PhD in public policy/program evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002. She is an active member of American Evaluation Association and Washington Evaluators. She is passionate about advancing equity and social justice.

Meaningful Evidence Certifications

  • U.S. Small Business Administration certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
  • Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity certified Small, Women Owned business
  • Maryland Small Business Reserve (SBR) certified