Sikes, Mike


Michael Sikes has over 20 years of experience in program design and evaluation, with extensive work in the nonprofit, government, and education sectors. His past roles include Senior Associate for Research and Policy at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, DC; freelance evaluation consultant; Evaluation Officer at the Charlotte (NC) Cultural Education Collaborative; instructor in educational research at Antioch University Santa Barbara; and Assistant Director of the Education Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mike has evaluated programs for 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.

Current Role

Mike is a Senior Evaluation Faculty in the Evaluation Center, which supports CCL and the field through the development of new knowledge, methods and approaches to the evaluation of leadership development. In this role, Mike works with CCL staff, clients, and external evaluators to identify organizational and leader needs, articulate program outcomes, and evaluate initiatives for improvement and impact. Mike’s evaluation work includes CCL’s custom initiatives, open-enrollment programs, executive coaching, new product development, and external evaluations of leadership development programs.

Educational Background

Mike holds the Ph.D. 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.

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