Our Team

Dr. Bernadette Wright (Director of Research & Evaluation) helps clients to assess, design, and improve their programs and strategies, using program evaluation and Strategic Knowledge Mapping. She is experienced with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, structured observation, and literature reviews. Her research experience includes studies in health care/human services, aging and disability, education/STEM, and race relations issues. She has written over 50 publicly available client reports/peer-reviewed papers and has presented at about 50 national and local conferences/workshops.

Before starting her own company, Dr. Wright was Consultant/Senior Associate at The Lewin Group, where she led research for or managed 20 projects for government, non-profit, and business clients in health and human services. Before that, she was Policy Research Analyst at AARP Public Policy Institute, where she provided policy analysis and research to inform AARP strategies and public dialogue on community living and long-term services and supports.

She is an active member of American Evaluation Association (Webmaster of the STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group) and its affiliate, Washington Evaluators (past board member). She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002.


Dr. Ladel Lewis (Senior Research Strategist) has over a decade of social science research experience (including six years at The Evaluation Center and Kercher Center at Western Michigan University). She creates and manages research projects designed to determine the merit and significance of organizations and programs. She collaborated with organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ICF International and Kalamazoo Mental Health for child to evaluate systems of care.

Dr. Lewis is a proven strategist, survey designer, and implementer with experience in research development and client identity branding. She has helped clients realize their potential and convey their marketing messages in a unique way. She is a member of Blacks in Government (BIG) and the Washington Evaluators (Membership Committee) and has served on the executive board of advisors for local chambers of commerce and county-wide improvement initiatives. As an expert in evaluation research, Dr. Lewis has also evaluated multimillion-dollar programs and organizations, utilizing multiple methods through ASK MATT to help clients develop appropriate success measures and determine if clients are achieving desired results.

A sociologist by education, she has conducted research in the intersection of criminology and hip-hop, which has led to her dissertation, titled Stop Snitching: Hip Hop’s Influence on Crime Reporting in the Inner City. Her research has been deemed the most downloaded dissertation in Western Michigan University’s history, and she was recently honored with the Distinguished Alumnae award from her alma mater, the University of Michigan-Flint.


Dr. Steven E. Wallis (Director of Meta Analysis) has a decade of experience as an organization development consultant, providing collaborative facilitation to businesses and non-profits in Northern California. Building on that practical experience, and a systems perspective, he returned to school and earned his PhD in 2006 at Fielding Graduate University. Today, he leads the ASK MATT service section at Meaningful Evidence. His ground-breaking work is focused on the rigorous analysis and objective improvement of theories, policies, strategic knowledge maps, and strategic plans. With his new insights, his goal is to double the effectiveness of policies and strategic plans so that clients can achieve higher goals at a lower cost.

Dr. Wallis also works at Capella University – mentoring doctoral candidates. Additionally, as director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST), he supports emerging scholars working to identify rigorous paths for improving theory, policy, and strategic knowledge. An interdisciplinary thinker, his publications cover a range of fields including ethics, science, management, organizational change, and policy. His book, Avoiding Policy Failure, shows how a systems view of policy models can be used to estimate the effectiveness of policies before implementation, as well as to improve policies for reducing cost and improving results.

Recently, Dr. Wallis serves as a Fulbright Specialist consulting on theory, policy, and strategy projects to improve the capacity of academic institutions outside the United States.


Abbas Rostami (Chief Systems Analyst/Architect) is a Senior Systems Engineer and Architect with considerable experience in software engineering and development, system architecture and modeling, business/project planning and implementation. During his long career history, he has worked for defense and commercial industries with international settings including, Cubic Corp, SAIC, L-3 Communications, and Boeing Corp. He has extensive experience in requirements specifications and management, concept development, and the full System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

Mr. Rostami has developed courses in Software Processes and Tools, Object Oriented Technology (OOT) and has taught at the National University (NU) School of Engineering and Technology, from 2001 to 2007.

Since 2014, he has been participating in various startup activities to contribute to the new business modeling and strategic planning based on the Value Delivery Modeling Language.

Mr. Rostami is providing technical services to Meaningful Evidence for research and implementation of an innovative Strategic Planning/Modeling tool based on the Integrative Propositional Analysis (IPA) concepts.