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Category Archives: PDA Staff

My husband David and I welcomed a healthy baby boy on December 25, 2013. Jack Vincent Ficek was born just over an hour after we checked into the hospital… good thing I listened to my husband when he said, “We should probably go.” Jack is a beautifully bald and blue-eyed baby, and we can’t get [...]

We are excited to share that PDA’s Chief Operating Officer, Harlan Luxenberg, and his wife Paula welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. Everett Doron Luxenberg was born at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 2. Everyone is doing well and enjoying getting to know each other. Everett looks very much like his older brother [...]

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Written by Emily Subialka Nowariak At PDA we love what we do and we work really hard at it. However, we also know that it is important to take some time out for a mental break and some socializing from time to time. Yes, even data geeks like to be social – sometimes. So how [...]

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The 2013 conference of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR) took place in Boston May 15-19, 2013. Among the 1,200 conference attendees and presenters were Harlan Luxenberg and Becky Lien from PDA. The conference attracts a diverse group of attendees: political pollsters, market research firms, methodologists from academia, and survey practitioners. A highlight [...]

Senior Evaluator, Lija Greenseid, and Associate Data Manager, Katherine Rehorst, were among a record number of researchers and evaluators attending the 2013 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) international conference in Boston on March 13-16, 2013. The conference included keynote addresses from luminaries in tobacco control, including individuals like Karl Fagerstrom (of the [...]

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Ever wonder how big PDA is or wanted to place a face with a name? Well, now you can with our updated staff webpage which has new photos and updated bios for all staff! All pictures were taken by a wonderful local photographer, Render Photography.  

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PDA Senior Evaluator Lija Greenseid co-authored one of the four most-cited American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) articles of 2011! Titled Research on Evaluation Use: A Review of the Empirical Literature from 1986 to 2005, the article is a literature review of 41 empirical studies of evaluations conducted between 1986 and 2005. Dr. Greenseid and colleagues [...]

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PDA Vice President, Anne Betzner, and Senior Evaluator, Melissa Chapman-Haynes, each gave birth to healthy baby boys about 36 hours apart last week in the same hospital in Minneapolis.  Anne’s son, William Connor Bradford, was born at 7:43 am on Thursday, January 5th and Melissa’s son, David Antoine Haynes III, was born at 9:30 pm [...]