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2019 Fall Conference

Solving Problems and Impacting Communities With Data

Call for Conference Session Proposals

May 21, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Call for Conference Session Proposals

NHSDC Fall 2019 Call for Conference Session proposals


Theme: Solving Problems and Impacting Communities With Data.


The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is requesting session proposals for the 2019 Fall Conference in Austin, Texas, on October 15-17, 2019. We are looking for speakers who are excited to share their human services data experiences and expertise with attendees from across the country.

Following this year’s theme, Solving Problems and Impacting Communities With Data, NHSDC is looking for session proposals that continue to move the bar forward on addressing the challenges our communities face.  We want presenters to show how a strong data culture is the key to informing local and federal policies, helping to tackle persistent community challenges and laying the foundation for collaboration across different sectors.  We want to learn how your creative solutions are impacting lives today and enhancing human services programming for the future.


NHSDC welcomes session proposals that demonstrate proficiency in technical application, leadership, collaboration, implementation, innovations and best practices.    For reference, session descriptions and presentations from earlier NHSDC Conferences are available here: https://nhsdc.org/conferences/.


Topic ideas for conference sessions include:

Community Problem Solving: Community leaders, service providers and administrators alike must always think outside the box for creative solutions to their specific issues and community challenges.  Challenges involving data, system performance, privacy and security, funding allocations, population growth, housing availability, system integration and a whole host of other issues are common in every community.   What tools and processes are you using to address and resolve some of the more difficult problems in your community?

Topic Examples:

  • Coordinated Entry (CE) processes and HMIS
  • Solving racial disparities
  • Integrations across different systems – Behavioral Health, Hospitals, Clinics, Managed Care, Schools, Criminal Justice, etc
  • Thinking outside the box to develop new solutions
  • Youth initiatives
  • Innovative programming for hard to serve populations


Collaboration:  Collaboration is essential to building strong foundations that affect the community. Getting input and feedback from all the stakeholders helps bring about effective implementation strategies in human services.  Projects increase the impact of their information exponentially when they effectively collaborate with other data oriented projects. Sessions in this area should explore real strategies for the dissemination of data across multiple sectors and the coordination of these efforts.   


Topic Examples:

  • 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
  • Why leadership is important in the ever-changing climate of human services.
  • Building a sustainable and adaptable system on a shoestring human services budget


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

Topic Examples:

  • Advanced uses of technology (BI, GIS, Mobile Devices, Social Media)
  • Technology and applications for data visualizations
  • How to survive LSA
  • Best practices in data collection
  • Creating system performance dashboards
  • Data Warehousing / Interoperability / Comparable Databases

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


How To Submit Proposals

May 21, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Please prepare and submit proposals online at: https://forms.gle/R1u2FGpyWRtviNPZ6

by the deadline – 9:00 PM (EDT) on  June 26, 2019.

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. Maximum Word Count: 350

Audience and Learning Objectives: 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).

Session Contact Information: Please include presenter’s telephone and email contact information. If the proposal consists of a panel or multiple presenters, please identify the individual that will serve as the primary contact for the conference planning committee.


Please note:

  • Session length is 60 minutes and should include time for questions and answers.
  • NHSDC attendees value opportunities to engage in discussion with session presenters and attendees. Interactive sessions are critical in the decision-making process.
  •  If you don’t feel as though your proposal specifically fits one of the NHSDC-identified 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 alter their presentation or combine their presentation with similar presentations submitted from other communities.

The Conference Committee anticipates notifying successful proposers on July 16, 2019.
Final presentation materials will be due by September 16, 2019.

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