Bernadette is founder of Meaningful Evidence, where she helps nonprofit organizations to use research and program evaluation to plan effective strategies and demonstrate their impact.

For two decades, Bernadette has managed and conducted research for nonprofit, government, and business organizations in health care, human services, interracial dialogue, and education.

She is currently coauthoring a book on research techniques for solving complex problems, with SAGE Publications.

Bernadette also frequently delivers workshops and presentations on evaluation techniques, such as a special program at the Foundation Center DC and workshops at the 2018 Summer Evaluation Institute in Atlanta.

Bernadette is an active member of the American Evaluation Association. She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002.

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Better Knowledge for Greater Success

What is your most important asset for the success of your nonprofit organization? Money? Yeah, you need money to do most things. However, I’d argue knowledge is more important than money.

Measuring Nonprofit Outcomes and Progress: What Data Should You Collect?

Imagine that you are Data Director at Make Everything Wonderful Forever (MEWF). Your organization provides a training program for community leaders to learn how to make everything wonderful forever. Now, your board wants to see data to show how effective that training is. How do you decide what data to collect to track your outcomes and progress?

Choosing and Using the Right Online Survey Tool

The right online survey tool provides many powerful features that can make your survey better. Yet, many online surveys don’t take advantage of those features. It’s like buying a smartphone and only using it to make phone calls.

10 Tips for Writing Well-Worded Survey Questions

When you need data for planning and tracking, doing a survey might seem like an easy solution. Unfortunately, many surveys end up not being very useful. They get too few responses, biased responses, or irrelevant responses. You can increase the chances that your survey will get you useful results by making sure your survey questions are well-constructed. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when creating your next survey.

How to Increase Survey Responses

When nonprofits want to show the effects of their activities, they often use surveys. With online survey tools, creating surveys has become faster and less expensive. The challenge is persuading people to complete your survey.

Six Steps to Effective Program Evaluation: Communicate Your Results (Part 6)

The end of your evaluation doesn’t mean that your evaluation stops being valuable. Sharing your results raises awareness of your project and your organization.