Michael Sikes has over 30 years of experience in program design, research, and evaluation, with extensive work in the nonprofit, government, and education sectors. His work has encompassed administrative positions in government, nonprofits, and corporations; consulting via his own freelance practice, and instructional design and teaching in universities and colleges. Michael has evaluated programs for a wide range of organizations and agencies, including United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Science Foundation. His specializations include the development of theories of change and logic models for complex programs that span multiple stakeholders; cross-cultural and international evaluation; and training and capacity building in evaluation.
Michael is a consultant with The Dissertation Coach, in which capacity he counsels researchers in multiple areas and disciplines. He has guided over 100 doctoral students in the completion of their dissertations, trains university faculty in developing research protocols and securing funding and provides technical assistance to organizations and companies that are developing research programs.
Michael writes extensively on evaluation, research, and education. His books include Building Parental Involvement Through the Arts, The Appreciative Journey: Guide to Developing International Cultural Exchanges, and Strategic Evaluation, Vol. 7 of Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning.
Michael holds a PhD in education and a certificate in program evaluation from Florida State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Haven.