About

Dr. Bernadette Wright, Director of Research & Evaluation

Dr. Bernadette Wright is founder of Meaningful Evidence, where she helps nonprofits to use social research to make a bigger difference. She works with organizations in the areas of health, human services, housing, and education. She has delivered dozens of evaluation related workshops and webinars at local, national, and international events. She is also under contract with Sage Publications to co-author a textbook, Practical Mapping for Program Evaluation and Applied Research.

Before starting her own business, Bernadette was Consultant at The Lewin Group, where she conducted and managed research on aging and disability issues for federal clients. Before that, she was Policy Research Analyst at AARP Public Policy Institute, where she analyzed proposed legislation and regulations and developed publications on supportive services and community living. In her early career, she was Senior Evaluation Specialist at the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She earned her PhD in public policy/program evaluation from the University of Maryland. 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