Short Course

The Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PAPOR) is proud to announce the following short course:

Building a Better Researcher: Advice for 2018 and Beyond

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research | Los Angeles, CA

April 25, 2018  | 12PM– 3:00PM
Join us in Los Angeles or via Webinar

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 UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Event Info (PDF)

Course Preview

The course will focus on topics that every public opinion and market researcher needs to understand for fielding and analyzing qualitative and quantitative research projects in 2018 and beyond. The topics covered will include:

  • Advice from the Front Line — Tips for Happier Respondents and Better Data.
  • Privacy in the United States and the EU — First steps towards protecting yourself from a €20 million fine under the EU GDPR. (Spoiler alert: Researchers in the US need to be aware of it too!)
  • Transparency in Your Research — In a world of fake news, why transparency is more important than ever to your stakeholders… and the baby steps it takes to get started.
  • Storytelling — “Two data presentations walked into a bar…” Advice on how to improve your data presentations by using the power of storytelling.

This course is offered in person at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research located in Westwood, California and is also available for remote viewing.

Registration Rates

 Through 4/9/2018  4/10/2018 or later
PAPOR member — in-person or live webinar  $50 $75
Non-PAPOR member (includes 2016 membership)  $65 $90
Student  $20 $25
Student Group (2-10 participants)  $40 $50
Group webinar rate (2+ viewers)*  $100 $150

In-person registration incldes pre-course lunch for onsite attendees from 11:30AM-12PM. 


Stuart Pardau – Stuart L. Pardau is a tenured Professor at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge where the focus of his research is on data security/privacy and intellectual property.  Stuart is also the founder and principal of the law firm Stuart L. Pardau & Associates, based in Los Angeles. Stuart advises clients on intellectual property, data security/privacy, employment and general corporate law, and various regulatory issues confronting the marketing research and data analytics industries.  In addition to representing many clients in the marketing research and data analytics industries, Stuart serves as outside General Counsel to the Insights Association.   He has a J.D. in Law from Stanford University Law School and a M.Phil in International Politics from Cambridge University.

Susan Petoyan – Susan Petoyan is the CEO of Los Angeles based Imagine If Research and Insights, a progressive full service research agency.  Susan has over 20 years of experience in research, including 9 years with Lieberman Research Worldwide and 8 years with the Walt Disney Studios.  Susan holds a BAS in Social Psychology and a BA in Political Science from UCLA.

Ashley Kirzinger – Dr. Ashley Kirzinger is a senior survey analyst in Kaiser Family Foundation’s Public Opinion and Survey Research team. She received her Ph.D. in Media & Public & Affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School in 2012. She is a former MAPOR council member and currently serves as the chair of AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee and on the AAPOR Standards Committee.

Bob Davis – Bob Davis is the CEO of the California-based telephone and web data collection research company Davis Research.  Bob brings over 20 years of experience fielding phone and web surveys for private, governmental, and non-profit organizations.  Bob has a Master’s in Business from UCLA, a BS in Computer Science from UCSD and serves on the PAPOR executive council.

About the Location

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is located on the 15th floor of 10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550 (large dark grey/black building at the corner of Wilshire and Gayle between Westwood and Veteran). The building has an Equinox sign on the corner. Newcomers are often confused by the large “UCLA” sign on 10920 Wilshire Blvd, 2 buildings east (UCLA Wilshire Center). Do not go there! Many UCLA offices are there, but not us! Once inside the lobby of 10960, take east-side elevators to the 15th floor (on the left if entering from Wilshire, on the right if entering from the back of the building, but note that only this bank of elevators goes to 15).   From there you should see a sign for the short course and entrance to CHPR. Our conference room is immediately to the right inside CHPR, and someone will be there to sign you in.

Parking in Westwood Village and near 10960 Wilshire is ample, but varies widely in price. Our building has a parking structure attached, accessed from the west side of the building. Parking rates there are $25 for the day. Access this lot from Gayley. See more info here:

The residential area behind the building has street/metered parking availabilities mostly with a two-hour time limit. There is plentiful parking in the surrounding blocks, including Westwood Village, within a 5-10 min walk from CHPR. Prices range $12-25 per day.” We are also close to many LA Metro, Santa Monica, and Culver City bus lines, and bus lines that connect to the new Expo Line light rail station (Expo/Rancho Park on Westwood Blvd).

Regretfully we cannot validate parking.