is Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC
, where she helps non-profits to evaluate what’s working, what’s not, and why,
so they can improve their programs and make a bigger difference. Over her two decades’ career, she has conducted and managed evaluation and research projects for government, non-profit, and business organizations in health care, aging/disability, human services, education, social justice, and other topic areas. Bernadette is an active member of Washington Evaluators (past board member/Membership Chair) and American Evaluation Association (incoming webmaster of the STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group). She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002. She joined WE in 2011 because it seemed like the best way for her to connect with other local evaluators, to keep up with developments in the field, and to contribute to [my]her professional community. She definitely has no regrets. Being involved in Washington Evaluators has given her the chance to connect with many people in the world of evaluation in the area, including Ladel Lewis--a WE member and Brown Bag presenter who ended up becoming a business partner. Bernadette says, "The many connections and valuable information I’ve made through WE have helped [her] to become a better evaluator." In her free time, she participates in long-distance walking events. In February, She walked the annual reprise of Robert F. Kennedy’s one-day, 50-mile walk from Great Falls to Harper’s Ferry along the C&O Canal. She is also a tournament rated Scrabble player. Do I smell a challenge at an upcoming networking event? To be continued....