Spring 2016 Call for Session Proposals!

December 8, 2015 in Latest News by Fran Ledger

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) will be holding its Spring Conference on April 13 & 14, 2016, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Conference registration will open early in January.

Call for Session Proposals

This year’s theme is “Advancing a Technology Culture in Human Services”

Those interested in presenting at the Spring Conference are encouraged to review the “Call for Session Proposals” section below or download the PDF version here. Proposal deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016.

NHSDC Conference attendees are interested in unique, novel or otherwise innovative applications of data to the delivery of human services. In keeping with this year’s theme – Advancing a Technology Culture in Human Services – NHSDC is looking for session proposals that demonstrate how communities are using data and technology to change the methods and culture of human services delivery, and expanding how data is used to connect service providers and coordinate care for consumers. We want to hear about the tools, techniques, and applications employed in communities nationwide in service delivery. If your proposal does not specifically fit one of the below topics, but could be beneficial for the membership, please let us know.

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 are encouraged.

Call For Session Proposals

Topic suggestions for conference sessions are as follows:

Real Time Use of Data: Sessions in this area should discuss how data is used in “real time” to provide services for consumers, enhance coordination, and improve program design. Ideally, sessions would discuss the technological advances behind the real time use of data, and how they have changed the culture of service provision in your community. For example:

  • Using data to coordinate service delivery and targeting in coordinated entry systems (housing placement priority, cross systems data sharing)
  • Technology applications that enhance provision and coordination of outreach services
  • Program monitoring and evaluation using real time data
  • Use of real time data to increase engagement across sectors and systems and enhance coordination, spur systems change, and/or bring interventions to scale.

Cross-Platform Sharing & Integration: Sessions in this area should showcase examples and discuss strategies for sharing data across platforms and how these efforts can change a community’s “way of doing business.” 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 mechanics of making it happen. For example:

  • Integrating data systems for improved client outcomes (VA, HMIS, Corrections, HHS, etc.)
  • Successful models of data sharing and integration initiatives, including security improvement initiatives
  • Incorporating new data collection requirements into existing data sharing schema (HMIS, RHY, PATH, ICD 10, UDS)
  • Addressing the fear of data sharing: technical, legal, and community agreements

Application Advancement: Show us how technology is being used in your community to advance the use of data in multiple systems and settings, to fit more mobile and on-the-go service delivery models. For example:

  • Advanced uses of technology (e.g. GIS, advanced Excel, data warehousing, mobile devices, and social media)
  • Technology and applications for data visualization and communication
  • Training and professional development to increase technological application use “on the front lines” of service delivery
  • System security and the use of scan cards and/or biometric applications in HMIS and other systems

Leveraging Technology to Get to Zero: The federal government has set forth the goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, and communities nationwide are engaged in the effort. We are interested in proposals that demonstrate how technology is being leveraged to achieve that goal. For example:

  • Technological advances in determining chronic homelessness
  • Use of applications that employ assessment tools to determine housing need
  • Improving counting and reporting of chronic homelessness using technology

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

Session Title: Limit to 100 characters

Description: Descriptions should be a brief summary 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. Indicate if your presentation would be characterized as beginner, intermediate or advanced level information.

Audience and Learning Objectives: All proposals must identify the targeted level of the audience: beginner or experienced. We anticipate both levels of experience at the conference so encourage both types of proposals.

Bio: All proposals must include a paragraph that discusses the experience of each speaker (please include names, titles, and foundation/agency and limit to 300 words).

Session Contact Information: If your proposal includes a panel or group please indicate which individual NHSDC should communicate with regarding the session.

Preferred Session Format: Please indicate in your proposal your preferred format (plenary, workshop, presentation, and round-table). 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.

Please Note:

  • Session lengths are planned to be between 50 and 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, logos 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 – Friday, January 8, 2016.
Submit your proposal online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTMQN6X.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

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