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In August and September, we welcomed two new members to the PDA team and welcomed back one familiar face.   Andy Hajrovic, Business Analyst Andy will be serving as PDA’s first Business Analyst.  Prior to joining PDA, Andy worked as a Project Manager at Optum-UnitedHealth Group where he aided in remediating, managing, and implementing wellness [...]

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Contributing staff: Traci Capesius   More and more we are seeing health care systems shift their focus further upstream, using a systems change approach to address behaviors, such as tobacco use, that are the cause of or exacerbate many chronic health conditions. A systems change approach can be defined as permanently altering protocols, policies, and [...]

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Recently our Senior Analyst, Becky Lien, shared some uses for Venn diagrams based on this recent report from the Pew Research Center, and I’m surprised to say I actually see use for them! The twist with this Venn diagram is that you change the size of the circle as well as the size of the [...]

Also posted in Data visualization |

This past March I presented on data visualization techniques to a very engaged crowd at the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI). I noticed a few charts that I presented garnered a lot of interest judging by the number of people who took out their cell phones to snap pictures (which to me is like reaching [...]

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All of our hard work trying to reach as many people as we can with our follow-up surveys is paying off! The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) recently updated their quitline map, which includes (among many other things) survey response rates for states that collect evaluation follow-up data. PDA was thrilled to see that we [...]

Also posted in Surveys |

In March we welcomed Andy Raddatz to the PDA team. Andy will be serving as our Senior Developer. Prior to joining PDA, Andy worked as a Senior Developer at The Nerdery where he gained invaluable experience as a lead on several different teams working with varied software platforms. Andy is a full-stack developer with a [...]

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This weekend Heather is attending the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. This conference is the largest international meeting focused on research in child health. Through her role at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, she is presenting one poster and is a contributing author to another. If you’re there, check out [...]

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The welcome is a bit delayed, but we would like to share our delight in having Heather Zook join the PDA team as an Associate Evaluator. Heather will graduate in May with a Master of Arts degree in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to starting at PDA, Heather worked as a Clinical [...]

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The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual conference is going on right now and some PDA’ers are there! PDA staff collaborated with our client Clearway Minnesota on five different poster presentations. Posters that PDA staff are a part of are listed below. If you’re attending SRNT, all of these posters will be presented [...]

Written by: Anne Betzner There are a wide range of qualitative methods available: focus groups, in-depth interviews, participant observation, photo analysis, just to name a few.  When are focus groups the right choice? Focus groups are best used to assess a group response.  By bringing people together to answer a set of planned questions, an [...]

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