Mikia Manley

Mikia Manley

Researcher
Expertise
  • Rapid-cycle evaluation
  • Technical assistance
  • Continuous improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Human-centered design
  • Learning and strategy in the K–12 education system
Focus Areas
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
About Mikia

Mikia Manley is driven by a passion for democratizing evidence and codesigning research with practitioners to achieve relevant and action-oriented results. At Mathematica, she focuses on developing innovative, user-centered methods for discussing research and building capacity for decision makers to be data leaders. Her work is informed by behavioral economics, human-centered design, and an interest in creating purposeful visuals, data storytelling, and easy-to-use tools. Manley believes that, by working collaboratively, researchers and practitioners can cocreate toolkits that empower better decision making.

Manley is Mathematica’s product lead for the Evidence to Insights (e2i) Coach, a free online platform that helps practitioners lead their own program evaluations through intuitive design and automated analytics. Her work focuses on continuously improving the platform through user testing and improved user interface and user experience design, as well as by incorporating user feedback into creating new features. She also regularly conducts workshops, trainings, demos, and other webinars to support practitioners in using the platform. This work has been supported by partners at the U.S. Department of Education, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

She has also been working closely with education partners to conduct applied research and build their capacity to interpret and act on evaluation results. As part of the Big Bets Middle Years Math Initiative team, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she supports the use of rapid-cycle evaluation with organizations focused on improving math outcomes for Black, Latinx, and high-poverty students. Through this work, she is supporting the Gates Foundation’s efforts to learn about the impact of individual grantees and to generate high-level findings and key takeaways across grantees. She has also partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education to help them assess discipline disproportionality across the state and ultimately reduce and eliminate discipline disproportionalities that impact Black students and students with disabilities. Her work has included longitudinal analyses of discipline data and thought partnership on how disproportionality is defined.

Manley has a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago.