The Research Institute at WOU

Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research

The Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR) has a dual focus. Members conduct research and evaluations that are rigorous, successful, and provide useful, timely, and accurate results and reports, as well as provide data management and technological solutions for collecting and presenting information.

CETR consists of evaluators, researchers, and programmers that can provide expertise in in data collection, methodology, and analysis as well as creating innovative apps to collect data quickly and accurately.

The CETR team has expertise and provides services in the following areas:

  • Grant writing assistance
  • Evaluation design
  • External and internal evaluation
  • Logic models
  • Survey design
  • On-site data collection and observations
  • Statistical analysis
  • Qualitative analysis, such as focus groups and in-depth-interviews (IDIs)
  • Report writing
  • Data visualization, such as infographics
  • Software design, development and management for mobile or web based applications
  • Database design and management

Center Projects

Center Staff

Sybille Guy

Sybille Guy

Center Director

Center Director, Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR)

Dr. Sybille Guy is the Director of the Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR) at TRI. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on statistics and methodology from UCLA. Sybille received her Master's in Organizational Psychology from California State University at Los Angeles. Sybille’s primary expertise is in statistics and evaluation, and she has worked in the field for over 20 years. In addition to her quantitative research background, she has experience with qualitative analysis and hybrid studies.

Sybille joined us from Washington State University at Vancouver (WSUV) where she worked as Special Projects Faculty in the office of Academic Affairs. Prior to WSUV, she has spent over a decade as a market researcher, working for both large and small market research companies. Sybille served as Vice President of Research & Analytics at Equation Research, Director of Media and Public Relations Research at Harris Interactive, and Director of Research at Plog Research.

Sybille started at TRI in 2013 as Lead Evaluation Specialist. Besides her work as the director of CREA, she has worked on QRIS, Project EF, and the WVCH Transformation project as well as aided in grant writing activities, survey development, and analyses for a number of other projects.


Patrick Aldrich

Patrick Aldrich

Lead Statistician

Patrick Aldrich received his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife biology and a minor in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1997. After graduation, he spent 5 years in various field biology positions, studying a wide array subjects from Bowerbird mating systems in Australia to integrated pest management of ground squirrels in Northern California. He subsequently decided to return to school to pursue a PhD at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where he studied the spatio-temporal variation of pollination networks in Hawaiian tropical dry forests. Following his graduate work, he was the project director for a project that used spatial analyses to study the random correspondence of fingerprint patterns. Through his work, he has acquired extensive experience in biostatistics. He is currently the data manager and statistician for the Oregon QRIS and other projects at The Research Institute, and continues to apply parametric, non-parametric and likelihood methodologies to analyze various datasets associated with early childhood and educational research.


Patricia  Blasco

Patricia Blasco

Project Director Project PEPI, Project Executive Function, and Co-PI Project PIECE

Patricia is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Both of these projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She is Project Director of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm is funded for three years by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The study will follow infants and toddlers born LBW who do not have major medical conditions, and babies born full term without known delays. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University. When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, running, reading, and enjoying time with family.


Beryl Neequaye

Beryl Neequaye

Evaluation and Data Specialist

Dr. Beryl Neequaye is an Evaluation and Data Specialist with the Center on Evaluation, Technology & Research (CETR) at TRI. Beryl earned her Master’s in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation with an emphasis on mixed methods and methodology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Beryl’s expertise is in program evaluation, mixed methods research, and understanding African immigrant populations in the U.S.A.

During Beryl’s graduate studies, she took on both administrative and academic positions at Ohio University. She was assigned various positions in managing grant funded research with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Beryl also worked as a program evaluation/research assistant with the Community Health, Prevention and Promotion Team in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In addition to these roles, she served as a teaching assistant for graduate research courses at the masters and doctoral level in both Educational Studies and Higher Education departments.

Beryl has variety of research interests, including a recent study into understanding parental involvement among Ghanaian immigrants in the U.S.A. She also conducted a methodological research into understanding the mixed methods reporting quality in published comparative and international education journals as part of her dissertation work.

When not working, Beryl enjoys watching movies, reading, cooking, and traveling to new places.


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