Spring 2017 Call for Conference Session Proposals

December 9, 2016 in Latest News by Fran Ledger

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is requesting session proposals for the 2017 Spring Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, on April 26-27, 2017. We are looking for potential speakers who are excited to share their human services data experiences and expertise with attendees from across the country.

The theme for the conference is Putting It All Together: Uniting Data, Technology, and People. NHSDC welcomes session proposals that really demonstrate the continuum from client level interaction to quality data collection, management, and performance measurement. We want to learn how you are using this continuum to drive systems change in your communities to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Topic ideas for conference sessions are as follows:
New Populations, New Programs, and New Ideas: Service provider agencies often need to adapt data systems to cover a new population or new program. Ensuring data integrity and quality is key, as is providing a seamless transition for staff. Ideas in this track could include:

  • Assessment of current systems – do they work for other populations?
  • Building a sustainable and adaptable system on a shoestring human services budget.
  • Federal and local policy changes affecting data collection.

Innovations and Best Practices in Data Quality, Privacy, and Security: Administrators must always be thinking about data quality and security in order to be able to actually use data in an effective way. We are interested in new solutions that deal with these issues such as:

  • Using line staff to bridge programming and data quality to get better data.
  • How information generated out of HMIS is being shared?
  • Demystifying the tangled web of privacy laws.

Coordination and Prioritization of Resources: Putting it all together often requires complex coordination of multiple strategies at play simultaneously. We are looking for examples from the field along the following lines:

  • How are communities targeting different populations for interventions.
  • Data sharing beyond traditional social service systems (behavioral health, hospitals, managed care, schools).

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.

How to Submit Proposals
Please prepare and submit proposals online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHSDC2017F by the deadline – Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

To prepare for your online submission, please have the following information:
• Session Title: 100 Character Maximum
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.

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.

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