Fall 2016 Call for Conference Session Proposals

June 2, 2016 in Latest News by Fran Ledger

Theme: Bridging Input to Impact: Learning from Data to Create Smarter Systems of Care

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is requesting session proposals for the 2016 Fall Conference in New Orleans, LA on October 13 – 14, 2016, from potential speakers who are excited to share their enthusiasm and expertise.

NHSDC Conference attendees are interested in unique, novel or otherwise innovative applications of data to the delivery of human services that only you can present in an engaging and totally awesome manner.

In keeping with this year’s theme, Bridging Input to Impact: Learning from Data to Create Smarter Systems of Care, NHSDC welcomes session proposals with a new take on the growing need of communities to discover new ways of using data to connect service providers, expand the use of data beyond traditional boundaries and learn about tools and techniques organizations are using to achieve these initiatives.

Topic ideas for conference sessions are as follows:

Policy and Planning: Sessions in this area should focus on how your community or project uses data or management information systems to support new strategies in public policy around reducing poverty, improving self-sufficiency of human service program participants, and the like. For example:

  • System redesign projects, like transitioning to a coordinated assessment system
  • Program evaluation using technology
  • Using data & outcomes in grant writing
  • Identifying data that’s useful in promoting successes and identifying gaps

End Results: Sessions in this area should focus on the mechanics used to demonstrate how programs delivered and documented effective outcomes. Conversely, the NHSDC Conference attendees value accurate data, and understanding the roots of program failure is instrumental for the improvement of future reliable data and outcomes. For example:

  • Using evaluation to shape program modifications
  • Comparison of federal and local metrics
  • Developing performance measures from sound evidence
  • Collaboration amongst community partners to improve service delivery

Data Sharing and Collaboration: Sessions in this area should explore real strategies for the dissemination of data across multiple sectors and the coordination of these efforts. Projects increase
the impact of their information exponentially when they effectively collaborate with other data oriented
projects. The audience for these sessions must be able to understand the mechanics of data sharing. Presenters should articulate not only the outcomes but the reasoning behind the tactics you’re describing to make it all happen. For example:

  • Integrating data systems for improved client outcomes (VA, HMIS, HHS, etc)
  • Development of project plans for data sharing initiatives
  • Mechanics of communication and negotiation with multiple vendors
  • Addressing the scope and fear of data sharing: technical, legal, and community agreements

Technical Application: Show us how technology is being used to tell the story of your data. Sessions in this area should demonstrate specific uses of technology that have increased the skillsets or capacity to serve within a community. Your audience should walk away with applicable skills to enhance the utilization of human service data systems. For example:

  • Advanced uses of technology (e.g. GIS, advanced Excel, mobile devices, social media)
  • Technology and applications for data visualization
  • Practical tools for statistical analysis
  • Report Building and Technical Writing
  • System Administrator Communication Tools
  • Real world tools for better communication with community stakeholders and system users

Note: NHSDC Conference attendees represent communities of all sizes and systems of varying levels of sophistication. Sessions that address issues common to any community as well as the concerns of very small or very large communities should contain practical information that attendees can apply to their own environment.

To prepare for your online submission, please have the following information:

1. Session Title (100 Character Maximum)

2. Description:

Descriptions should be a concise, narrative description of the content and purpose of the proposed session. Attendees will want to learn about real world success and failure. Only the first 500 words of the description will be forwarded to the reviewers.

3. Audience and Learning Objectives:

All proposals must identify the targeted level of the audience: beginner, experienced, advanced. Include learning objectives that are action-oriented and concisely communicate what you want the audience to learn.

4. Presenters & Bios:

All proposals must include a paragraph that discusses the experience of each speaker (please include names, titles, and organization affiliation in 300 words or less). Please also identify which constituency each presenter most closely represents – Elected Official, Government, Human Service Agency, Funding Agency, HMIS Vendor (Software/Service), Consultant, or HUD Technical Assistance Provider).

5. Session Contact Information:

Please include presenter’s telephone and email contact information. If the proposal includes a panel or multiple presenters, please identify the individual that will serve as the primary contact for NHSDC.

6. Preferred Session Format:

Please indicate in your proposal your preferred format (plenary, workshop, presentation, or
roundtable). If NHSDC thinks your proposal might be good for everyone we may reach out to you about presenting as a plenary or repeating your session.


  • Session lengths are planned to be between 50 & 75 minutes in length and should include time for questions and answers. NHSDC attendees value opportunities to engage in discussion with session presenters and attendees.
  • If you don’t feel as though your proposal specifically fits one of the above topics, but feel that it
    could be beneficial for conference attendees, please feel free to submit your proposal with an additional narrative demonstrating this.
  • NHSDC offers a vendor neutral conference. Sessions must not promote a specific company, product or service. Vendor specific references, materials and screenshots must be excluded from proposal and presentation materials.
    · Presenters chosen for the NHSDC Conference will be offered a discount off the full conference registration price. To qualify for the discount, presenters must register for the conference by the registration deadline. Please note, for panel presentations, discounts will be limited to three presenters.
  • The Conference Committee reserves the right to request a modification of the proposed content, which may include asking presenters to combine similar presentations.


Proposal deadline – June 27, 2016.

Click here to submit your proposal online.

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