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Mike L. Pelz, PhD

Founder / Director

Mike brings 15+  years of expertise in research methods, data analysis, and applied statistical insights on public opinion, religion, and public policy. After over 10 years as a political science professor and scholar, he is translating his research and analytical expertise to directly impact mission-driven organizations.

Why the pivot?

Mike is a big believer in the difference nonprofits can make in their communities and he sees the need for smarter, more data-driven approaches for these organization to thrive. 

The Tricycle Story

Mike's wife has over a decade of experience in arts nonprofits. He saw first-hand the need for more data-informed strategies in her work and like any good partner, he wanted to help. Tricycle Analytics was born. 

He currently works at the West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role, he is the Data Analytics Lead and performs a variety of quantitative analyses and audits to assess the performance of the foster care system in Kent County, Michigan. He is also a data consultant for several policy evaluation firms nationwide including Research and Evaluation Associates in Grand Rapids, Mi and Behavioral Science Research Institute in Miami, FL.  He holds a MA and PhD in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.