Michael P. Arnold

Michael Arnold July 2017


As a Director at Informing Change, Michael brings over 15 years of experience conducting research and program evaluation to support efforts that advance health equity, with a particular focus on social and structural determinants.  His research has informed community, psychosocial, and behavioral health interventions among, for example, African American, Latino, LGBTQ, low-income, and incarcerated populations. His cross-sector work explores the intersection of health and other sectors including education, economic policy, criminal justice, and child welfare.

Michael advances the use of mixed methods and participatory practices into all of his research. His quantitative work includes advanced modeling and matching approaches for quasi-experimental design, repeated measures and survival analyses, and social network analysis. Michael has contributed to the development of evaluation and measurement designs for a diverse range of clients, including community nonprofit organizations, public-private collaboratives, state and local health departments, and CDC and UNAIDS.

Michael has led several organizations and groups through strategic planning and program evaluation capacity-building technical assistance. He brings his passion, curiosity and expertise to develop effective collaborative health and health equity strategies.  Prior to his work at Informing Change, Michael served in leadership and senior evaluation and research positions at Harder+Company, University of Michigan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He has served as a lecturer in research methods, policy and human development in the California State University system and local community colleges. Michael holds a PhD and MSW in social welfare and a MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BS in biology from Truman State University.