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Written in collaboration with Emma Ramsbottom Wagner   We have been using a program called Lucidchart to create program roadmaps, or logic models, and wanted to share our experience with it. How we have used it We are evaluating a community grants initiative that includes 16 different grantees. One component of the evaluation was to [...]

Also posted in Real Life Examples |

Written by Sara Richter and Angie Ficek What it is Our stats team recently partnered with five undergraduate students from St. Olaf College to determine if there is a better way to estimate the percent of participants from a tobacco cessation program who quit using tobacco, which we call a “quit rate”, and its variance. [...]

We are excited to have Vince join our team as a Senior Business Analyst! Vince has strengths in requirements elicitation, collaboration with partners, identifying solutions, and problem solving. He enjoys working closely with business partners and team members to deliver innovative process and technology based solutions that support and enhance the user experience. Vince is [...]

Also posted in PDA Staff |

We added three new faces to our team recently – one in each of our three divisions. Say hello to Sam, Heather, and Jake! Sam Carlson, Associate Analyst Sam is a data-enthusiast with a background in tobacco-control policy and smoking cessation research. She enjoys working on community-oriented projects where she can see timely impact and [...]

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Written by Heather Zook ClearWay MinnesotaSM awarded two-year grants to three health systems in Minnesota between 2014 and 2016. The purpose of these grants was to increase the health systems’ capacity to address tobacco use with patients. Each health system utilized multiple strategies to conduct systems change, and these strategies varied across grantees. Strategies included: [...]

Also posted in Qualitative Methods, Systems Change |

We are participating in some upcoming conferences in the field of tobacco control! The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual meeting was in Florence, Italy March 8-11. Sadly, no PDA staff attended in-person, but we did co-author several posters. The North American Quitline Consortium’s conference is March 20-21 in Austin, TX followed by [...]

Also posted in Presentations |

Emma Ramsbottom Wagner, Associate Evaluator In May, Emma joined the PDA team as an Associate Evaluator. Emma just received her Master of Arts degree in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining PDA, Emma served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, spent several years coordinating and developing [...]

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Written by Heather Zook What is an eReferral? An electronic referral (eReferral) is a method for electronically sending data between a healthcare provider and an outside health-related agency. eReferrals are integrated into Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, so they are automatically documented in the patient’s medical record. At PDA, we recently started working with eReferrals [...]

Also posted in Technology |

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual conference starts tomorrow and several PDA staff will be there. Anne is presenting along with our client from the Florida Department of Health on a novel non-medical tobacco cessation referral system, housed within workforce development centers in Florida.  She will report on numbers referred to a [...]

Also posted in Presentations |

PDA is currently seeking a full time Senior Evaluator to join our team of program evaluators, statisticians, and developers. We are looking for someone to take on leadership responsibilities for some of our evaluation projects, which are in the areas of tobacco control and chronic disease. For more information about this position, qualifications, and how [...]

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