Oriana Eversole

Research and Evaluation Scientist

Dr. Eversole is an Evaluation and Research Scientist with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative and an Operations Strategist and Project Lead for Region 10 Comprehensive Center (Wisconsin-Minnesota), a federally funded center to support capacity building and implementation of evidence-based practices for SEAs and LEAs. She has held multiple leadership positions and has been a strategic partner in systems change at the organizational, district, and state levels.

She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Measurement and Evaluation and a cognate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida (USF). Her specialization is collaborative and participatory evaluation as well as Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE). In addition, she has expertise in continuous improvement and systems change approaches—including Lean Six Sigma, Improvement Science, Implementation Science, and Design Thinking. 

She engages with university staff, nonprofits, school districts, and state agencies to provide technical assistance and evaluation. She can be directly contacted at eversole@wisc.edu. Connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oriana-eversole-ph-d-25b57a60/


  • Program evaluation, metaevaluation, and needs assessment
  • Participatory approaches to evaluation
  • Quality Improvement (QI), Lean Six Sigma, Improvement Science, Implementation Science, and Design Thinking
  • Strategic planning, project management, and systems change
  • Team leadership and employee management
  • Strategic operations and integration
  • Grant writing and grant management
  • Policy analysis and research
  • Educator effectiveness and evaluation systems
  • School improvement planning, school mental health, and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
  • Psychometric instrument development and validation including exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)
  • Quantitative data analysis including ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling
  • Qualitative data approaches including focus groups, interviews, participant observation, field studies, thematic analysis, and social network analysis


  • WI DPI’s Strategic Planning Needs Assessment
  • WI DPI’s Comprehensive School Mental Health (CSMH) and Trauma Sensitive Schools (TSS) Needs Assessment, Literature Review, Logic Model Development, and Evaluation Planning (PI)
  • WI DPI’s Mental Health Toolkit and Instrument Development (Co-PI and Project Manager)
  • Racine Community Schools Evaluation (PI)
  • Coalition for Community Schools Technical Assistance (Project Lead, R10CC)
  • WI Statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Evaluation (PI)
  • UW-Madison’s Health Equity Scholars Program (PI)



Eversole, O., & Bartley, C. (2023). Community Schools in Wisconsin Guidebook: A Resource for Starting and Improving Community Schools. Region 10 Comprehensive Center. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED627803 

Eversole, O., Hudson, E., Katz, K., Maresh, A., & Turtenwald, A. (2019). WI Office of Children's Mental Health Annual Report to the Legislature. Madison, WI. https://children.wi.gov/Documents/2018%20OCMH%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Eversole, O. (2018). Toward a Better Understanding of Evaluation Use and Collaborative Approaches: A Case Study of a School Improvement Program Evaluation, In Cousins, J. B. (Ed.) Collaborative approaches to evaluation (CAE) principles in practice (part of a series entitled ‘Evaluation in Practice,’ edited by Alkin, M. & Christie, C.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Eversole, O., Bartley, C., et al. (2023). Expanding the Impact of the Community Schools Model: Tools and Resources from Two Statewide Coalitions. Madison, WI.

Eversole, O. (author), Garza, C., Racine, J., & Motoviloff, K. (2023). Policy, Sustainability, and Improvement: Coming Together to Create a Community Schools Guidebook. Presented at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Shoji, M., Good, A., & Eversole, O. (discussant) (2020, September). Right-Sizing Research to Make an Impact: A Pipeline Approach to Evidence-Building to Inform Solutions for Secondary Writing, Teaching and Learning. Virtual presentation as part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) presentation series. Madison, WI.

Borman, T., Eversole, O., Frederick, C., & Taylor, K. (speaker and panelist) (2019, September). Non-Academic Careers in Educational Research. Presentation for the Interdisciplinary Training Seminar (ITP) in Education Sciences Series, Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Madison, WI.

Eversole, O. & Maresh, A. (2019, June). Youth Suicide in Wisconsin. Presentation for the (WI) Speaker’s Task Fore on Suicide Prevention Public Hearing. Ripon, WI.

Eversole, O. (2018, November). Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation (CAE) Principles in Practice. Presentation at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Cleveland, OH.

Eversole, O. & Petit-Bois, M. (2016, October). A Seat at the Table: Exploring the Evolving Role of Evaluation in Organizational Decision-Making. Presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Atlanta, GA.

Wang, Y. & Eversole, O. (2016, April). Self-Perceptions of RtI Skills Survey: Comparing Item Reduction and Parceling Models for Instrument Validation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Washington, DC.

Eversole, O. (2014, October). Increasing the Impact: Engaging Stakeholders through a Collaborative Evaluation of a Teacher Preparation Program. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Denver, CO.

Contact Information

Phone: (608) 212-7990
Office: 1152A Ed Sciences

Current Projects

DPI project - Comprehensive School Mental Health System Toolkit.