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Stanford Operations

Matthew DeBell


Matt is the director of Stanford operations for ANES. In the 2016 study cycle he is managing the Internet-based surveys for the ANES, consisting of the 2016 Pilot Study, a recruitment pretest, and the Internet component of the ANES 2016 Time Series Study. He is a survey methodologist who contributes to study design and questionnaire development, manages contracts for data collection, oversees field operations, develops quality assurance procedures, and documents and analyzes data. He also supervises Stanford staff, research assistants, and subcontractors. Matt received his Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

Natalya Maisel


Natalya is a social scientist who performs a range of tasks for ANES survey development, management, quality assurance, data preparation, and documentation. She contributes to questionnaire development, reviews and designs survey methods, implements quality assurance procedures, and documents and analyzes data. She works with the PIs and staff to make recommendations concerning survey question construction and data processing. She does statistical programming to check, edit, and prepare data files. Natalya received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.

Michigan Operations

Darrell Donakowski


Darrell is responsible for project management, oversight of data collection and outreach activities, protection of archived study materials, and setting direction, timelines, and staffing levels for operations. Darrell works with the PIs and the ANES Board to set project goals, maintain linkages between studies in the time series, and ensure continuity in the ANES program of research. Darrell has oversight of financial administration, post-award activity, personnel matters, and prepares reports to funding organizations. He works with the PIs and the ANES Board to make decisions about study design, field operations, and dissemination.

Patricia Luevano


Pat is the project's primary person for data management and analysis. She is responsible for computer-based operations pertaining to study preparation and quality assurance, data and documentation processing, the ANES archive, special user services, and special online resources. Pat formulates complete computer systems, requirements, and procedures for processing data. She performs consistency checking, logic analysis, and cleaning of complex study data files. Pat also provides and reviews data analyses to be included in externally distributed products.

Laurie Pierson


Laurie is the ANES Web Designer. She works on site redesigns, maintains backup files, and converts and uploads new content. She coordinates the archiving and backup of web resources and usage statistics. Laurie maintains the ANES mailing list. Laurie also tracks use of ANES data and maintains the ANES Bibliography. She maintains the ANES Reference Library archives and prepares and edits reference lists for publications.

Jaime Ventura


Jaime is a research associate who is also responsible for data management, documentation, and archiving. He is responsible for creating syntax/code files and managing large, complex datasets for our panel surveys, and assists in the creation of enhanced and cumulative datasets. He performs complex merges and checks, searches for and reviews inconsistencies in datasets, prepares final datasets for distribution, and ensures that study standards and conventions are met. He is also responsible for responding to inquires from the research community.