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August 26, 2020 2020 Fall Conference
The National Human Services Data Consortium is proud to announce our Fall 2020 Virtual Conference! The conference is unique because it will run throughout October. That’s right! Resources and sessions will be available the whole month to provide you with meaningful plenaries, sessions, labs, meetups, and more! We are so excited to bring this opportunity to get everyone connected even during pandemic times!
Dates: October 5th – October 30th
Time: Times for each session will vary
Cost: $110 per person. Register here: https://whova.com/portal/registration/event1_202004/
Sneak Peek at Conference Sessions:
HUD-COVID-CARES
Tracking Dynamic Housing Problem Solving Resources in HMIS
HUD Data Elements and Domestic Violence: Using Data to Inform Safety
Be A Data Guru – Examples, Insights, and Methods
From Implementation to Refinement: An Action-Oriented Project Management Approach to CES Refinement
Driving Policy Change through the Application of Data
HMIS Personnel Certification
Coordinated Entry 2.0 When Coordinated Entry Needs More Coordination and Less Data Entry
HMIS Project Set-up 101
HMIS Budgeting Strategies
Implementing Effective Contract Negotiation and Relationship Management Strategies 101
HMIS Project Set-up 201
HMIS Project Management and Annual Calendar of Expectations
HMIS Governance 101
Data Quality 101: What is DQ?
Problem Solving Lab: Develop Your DQ Plan
Plenaries to be announced
What Else to Expect
Networking Virtual Meetups
Social Virtual Meetups
Session Discussion Communities
Wellness Sessions

Using Dashboards to “Pulse Check” Your CoC

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How many beds do we need to reduce our unsheltered homelessness? How should we shift resources to maximize our housing inventory? How is our system performing versus other Continuums of Care (CoCs) in our state? How has our system’s performance changed?

Our communities ask these questions every day and naturally want to be able to “pulse check” their CoC against other CoCs to help answer them. While certain reports and dashboards do exist, they are often inaccessible.

This presentation will overview 9 open source, interactive Tableau dashboards (note that the dashboards are still in the beta phase) that allow users to compare their CoC’s data against 4 years of HUD Point in Time (PIT) count, Housing Inventory Count (HIC), and System Performance Measures (SPM) data. It will explain:

How these dashboards were created
How communities can use them to begin answering the questions above
How to present them to stakeholders
The session will close with a discussion of noticeable trends, data-driven reallocation of resources, and making insights actionable.

Speaker:

Colin Sorensen, Homebase

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Community Dashboards – A Journey of Data, Information, and Storytelling

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This community session is part of the Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference. The materials are not official HUD resources and may not be in alignment with HUD guidance.

This session covers core principles of data analytics (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive), differences between raw data and aggregate data, and how data can be transformed into useful information for stakeholders and the community at large.

By creating unique, yet simple, data dashboards, insights can be quickly gleaned, positively affecting a wide possibility of areas such as data quality, racial disparity, and system performance. This is the power of community dashboards.

Speaker:

Gaither Stephens, Gulf Coast Partnership

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HMIS Project Management and Annual Calendar of Expectations

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

What does it take to successfully manage a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will detail the key tasks and skills of an HMIS team and provide a template calendar to highlight the responsibilities of this role.

Speakers:

Ryan Burger, ICF
Eric Gammons, Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)

Implementing and Operating a Coordinated Entry System Project

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session will help participants understand how to set up the Coordinated Entry System project in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or other local data collection system, become familiar with the HUD-defined Coordinated Entry System data elements, and create a valid data collection process.

Speakers:

Meradith Alspaugh, Partnership Center
Abby Miller, HUD

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HMIS Budgeting Strategies

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session will provide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Leadership with the tools needed to develop an HMIS budget that meets the data management needs of the community and details strategies to diversify funding of HMIS through federal partner, local, and private funding. The session will also provide community examples of how to engage with various funders to implement the concept of funding diversity.

Speakers:

Mary Schwartz, Abt Associates
Eric Gammons, TAC

HMIS Lead Monitoring

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How can a Continuum of Care (CoC) objectively and comprehensively monitor its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agency? This session will provide CoC leadership with the skills to provide regular and thorough monitoring of its HMIS Lead, including sample monitoring tools and practices.

Speakers:

Mary Schwartz, Abt Associates
Ryan Burger, ICF

HMIS Project Set-up 101

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

What is project set-up in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will detail the project set-up requirements and best practices across all federal partners that utilize HMIS.

Speakers:

Brian Roccapriore, Cloudburst
Joan Domenech, CSH

HMIS Budgeting Strategies

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session will provide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Leadership with the tools needed to develop an HMIS budget that meets the data management needs of the community and details strategies to diversify funding of HMIS through federal partner, local, and private funding. The session will also provide community examples of how to engage with various funders to implement the concept of funding diversity.

Speakers:

Mary Schwartz, Abt Associates
Eric Gammons, TAC

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HMIS Governance 101

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How does a Continuum of Care (CoC) effectively govern its local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will detail the elements of HMIS governance including: HMIS-CoC governance agreement(s), CoC-level data management committee(s), regional and statewide governance models, and the role of the CoC membership and Board in HMIS management and oversight.

Speakers:

Chris Pitcher, ICF
Ryan Burger, ICF

Elevating Lived Experience in Coordinated Entry Evaluations: The Role of Qualitative Data

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session provides an overview of qualitative data collection and analysis strategies that can be incorporated into Coordinated Entry (CE) evaluation, including:

A review of qualitative data collection techniques, e.g., oral histories, Most Significant Change stories, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys with open-ended questions
A review of qualitative data analysis (QDA) techniques, including content analysis, sentiment analysis, keyword extraction, and the application of grounded theory
A live demonstration of open source QDA tools
A discussion about the “Lean Data” approach to collecting and utilizing participant feedback
A review of internet and mobile technologies that can facilitate qualitative data collection and analysis, from free voice recording and transcription apps to low-cost text messaging services
A description of issues regarding informed consent
Participants will leave with a solid framework for how and why to include qualitative data in CE evaluations.

Speakers:

Andrea Miller, Waypoints Consulting
Guest Speaker: Kat Freeman, HomeFire Training and Consulting

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Better Together: Health and HMIS Data, Best Practices and Examples from the Field

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

Data matching between the homeless system and health systems has been a part of community practices for years to varying degrees of success. CSH is continuing to build an understanding of how health center (HC) grantees are accessing and using homeless, housing, and other non-health data sources to improve care coordination for patients nationally. An example of this work happening at the community level is a statewide “Housing is Healthcare” initiative in Montana lead by the MT Healthcare Foundation. Seven communities are in the process of designing and implementing Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) supportive housing projects, and several of these MT communities have successfully matched health system data with Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data.

Speakers:

Ian Costello, CSH
Joseph Kenkel, National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)

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Data Quality 201: Data Quality Management Program – Part 2

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

A Data Quality Management Program (DQMP) is the effort to provide additional guidance, support and evaluation of local efforts to improve data quality. Part 1 of this session will focus on the elements of a DQMP and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges that they have encountered or anticipate encountering in implementing such a program locally. Part 2 will be a skill building workshop where participants will develop a local plan for creating their own DQMP.

Speakers:

Mike Lindsay, ICF
Alissa Parrish, ICF

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Comparable Databases for Victim Service Providers

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session covers best practice approaches for victim service providers when working with software vendors in selecting, implementing, and maintaining a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)-compliant comparable database. Topics will focus on:

Comparable database definition and requirements
Questions to ask potential vendors during your software search
Important vendor/customer contractual considerations
Initial implementation strategies and pitfalls
Sustaining on-going vendor relationships for software maintenance, support, upgrades, and customization
Speakers:

Ken Davidson, Collaborative Solutions
Debbie Fox, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
Aaron Dunn, West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Data Quality 201: Bed Coverage and Strategies to Improve It

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

Bed coverage rates reflect the percentage of homeless assistance beds in a community that are actively participating in the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The ability to have high or complete bed coverage rates is critical, as it empowers a community to more confidently state that their HMIS data truly reflects their local system of care for persons experiencing homelessness. One of the more challenging aspects of data quality can be improving local bed coverage rates, particularly for projects that are not funded to participate in HMIS. During this session, participants will hear first-hand from communities that have successfully improved local bed coverage rates and will walk away with strategies for how they too can tackle this challenge.

Speakers:

Joan Domenech, CSH
Fran Ledger, HUD

Achieving a Quality and Stable HMIS Staffing Pattern

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

What are keys to identifying and maintaining a strong Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) staff? This session will focus on how to hire and develop an effective HMIS team, including strategies for supervision, staff training, and performance evaluations.

Speakers:

Chris Pitcher, ICF
Ryan Burger, ICF

Data Quality 201: Data Quality Management Program – Part 1

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

A Data Quality Management Program (DQMP) is the effort to provide additional guidance, support, and evaluation of local efforts to improve data quality. Part 1 of this session will focus on the elements of a DQMP and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges that they have encountered or anticipate encountering in implementing such a program locally. Part 2 will be a skill building workshop where participants will develop a local plan for creating their own DQMP.

Speakers:

Natalie Matthews, Abt Associates
Mike Lindsay, ICF

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HMIS Project Monitoring

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How can a Continuum of Care (CoC) ensure the effective monitoring of the agencies that are participating in its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will ensure that CoC and HMIS leadership have the skills necessary to monitor providers and users participating in HMIS, in accordance with Federal Partner HMIS standards.

Speakers:

Brian Roccapriore, Cloudburst
Nastacia Moore, C4 Innovates

Un-Siloing HMIS: A Journey to Systems Level Collaboration

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

Over the past three years, CARES of NY has worked with five Collaborative Applicants and 13 communities to break down silos in both the reporting and use of data. While rising to the challenge of switching how they view and use data, the CARES staff has also worked on transcending divisions between the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), facilitating a true collaborative model. This shift from agency and project level reporting to systems level work, spurred on by the System Performance Measures (SPM) reporting, has been a painful and exacting process, but it has changed the reporting and use of data on the community level for the better by helping (or forcing) the CoCs to work with data in dynamic ways. We have seen a positive impact on data quality, Coordinated Entry (CE) implementation, service delivery models, and community partnerships. This session will walk other CoC and HMIS leaders through the collaborative, relationship building, and technological processes (and pains) of the past three years, how far we’ve gone, and where we’re hoping to land at the end.

Speakers:

Allyson Thiessen, CARES of NY
Kelli Clark, CARES of NY

Implementing Effective Contract Negotiation and Relationship Management Strategies 101

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How do Continuums of Care (CoCs) ensure that they have an effective contract with their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) software provider? This session will review the key components of a contract, the skills necessary to effectively negotiate an agreement, and strategies to hold the HMIS software provider accountable under such contracts.

Speakers:

Mary Schwartz, Abt Associates
Fran Ledger, HUD

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Protecting Data in an HMIS Environment: Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

How can a Continuum of Care (CoC) ensure that its Coordinated Entry (CE) system securely leverages its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will provide an in-depth review and discussion of HUD privacy and security guidance on the use of HMIS in a CE system.

Speakers:

Mike Lindsay, ICF
Fran Ledger, HUD

HMIS Project Set-up 201

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

What are common challenges when completing project-set up in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will review advanced project set-up topics and provide solutions to address common issues.

Speakers:

Meradith Alspaugh, Partnership Center
Joan Domenech, CSH

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Improving your Training Curriculum and Delivery

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

What is the importance of training and what are the Continuum of Care (CoC)-wide implications regarding data quality, data usage, and overall data management capacity? This session provides best practices on developing training materials to supplement what is made available by the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Solution Provider, establish a resource and training library, and ensure a responsive training strategy to meet the needs of basic, intermediate, and advanced HMIS users. Communities develop training materials based on what they think end users need and are often targeted to fill gaps in HMIS Solution Provider workflow training which has a big impact on data literacy at the community level. This session will help community leadership unpack the different challenges between the training material itself and how the training is delivered to inform ongoing improvement.

Speakers:

Chris Pitcher, ICF
Meradith Alspaugh, Partnership Center

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Data Quality 101: What is Data Quality?

May 7, 2020 Spring 2020 NHSDC HUD Virtual Conference

This session is focused on building and improving local competencies in data quality and is intended to be for beginners. The focus of this training will be to provide participants with a solid foundational understanding of what data quality is in the context of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), how HUD and federal partners measure data quality, and what the roles are of HMIS Leads, Continuum of Care (CoC) staff, HMIS vendors, and HMIS Leads in ensuring that their local system’s data is accurate.

Speakers:

Meradith Alspaugh, Partnership Center
Alissa Parrish, ICF

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Seven Predictions About the Future of Homeless Service Information

August 20, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s SNAPS Office will discuss the path forward for CoCs, from now to five years from now. An achievable vision where the majority of communities know if they are putting resources behind the most effective strategies. To know if homelessness is becoming more rare, brief, and non-reoccurring. We will talk about Stella, the Coordinated Entry APR, Comparable Databases and more.

Abby Miller, Senior Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Fran Ledger, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

LSA, Stella, Data Standards Learning Lab

August 20, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Do you have questions about Stella, the Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) report, or the HUDs FY 2020 HMIS Data Standards? Come to the Data Learning Lab where there will be Subject Matter Experts available to answer any questions you have, as well as to troubleshoot and discuss relevant issues.

Joyce MacAlpine, Abt

Meradith Alspaugh, The Partnership Center, Ltd

Mary Schwartz, Abt

Brian Roccapriore, Cloudburst

Pre-Conference Workshop: Dashboard Design: Illuminating System Impact

August 20, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

If you’re purely after facts, please buy yourself the phone directory of Manhattan. It has four million times correct facts. But it doesn’t illuminate.” ― Werner Herzog

It was not so long ago that the utility of the Homeless Management Information System could be summarized by the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). For many, the aggregate results of the System Performance Measures (SPMs) represent a level of analysis our communities had not previously seen. SPMs have aided communities in developing an appreciation for the information that summary analytics can provide. They are so much more than we have ever had before and so it is easy to believe that those results are enough to develop informed policy and to declare decisions as being “data-driven.”

However, if you have tried to set policy in response to these metrics, you are likely very much aware that the SPMs are designed to tell HUD what they need to know as they work to understand homelessness across over 400 continuums. The SPMs are not designed to help your community understand its system and quickly make changes. By using a different HUD-standard dataset, though, you can learn to leverage data dashboards to provide your community with the information needed to understand, consume, and act in response to the data in your community.

Jesse Jorstead, Lead Data & Program Analyst, Snohomish County Human Services Department

Pre-Conference Workshop: System Performance Analysis and Improvement: Starring Stella P

August 20, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Achieving goals for preventing and ending homelessness requires a commitment by CoC and HMIS leadership to use their data to optimize systems of care. This pre-institute will introduce the Stella Performance (P) module (key concepts, available data, and functionality), along with strategies for building a stronger performance culture within your community. It will draw on a ‘performance analysis and improvement framework’ to guide communities through 4 core steps for moving data into action using Stella P.

Sarah Kahn, Cloudburst

Joyce MacAlpine, Abt

Data Quality 201: DQ Management Program (Part 2)

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

A Data Quality Management Program (DQMP) is the effort to provide additional guidance, support and evaluation of local efforts to improve data quality. Part 2 of this session will be a skill-building workshop where participants will develop a local plan for creating their own DQMP.

Mike Lindsay, ICF

Chris Pitcher, ICF

Data Quality 201: DQ Management Program (Part 1)

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

A Data Quality Management Program (DQMP) is the effort to provide additional guidance, support and evaluation of local efforts to improve data quality. Part 1 of this session will focus on the elements of a Data Quality Management Program and will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges that they have encountered or anticipate encountering in implementing such a program locally.

Natalie Matthews, Abt

Mike Lindsay, ICF

Strategies for Evaluating and Monitoring Coordinated Entry

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

What are effective practices to evaluate and monitor a Coordinated Entry (CE) system? This session will explore both requirements and promising practices for local CE monitoring and evaluation efforts, including sample monitoring tools and evaluation reports.

Joyce MacAlpine, Abt

Brian Roccapriore, Cloudburst

Data Quality 201: Governance Agreements and Monitoring for DQ

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

How can a Continuum of Care (CoC) make sure that they have the agreements and practices in place to increase data quality across its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This expert-led working session will help participants develop strong data quality governance agreements, benchmarks, and monitoring practices.

Chris Pitcher, ICF

Natalie Matthews, Abt

Implementing Effective Contract Negotiation and Relationship Management Strategies 101

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

How do Continuums of Care (CoCs) ensure that they have an effective contract with their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) software provider? This session will review the key components of a contract, the skills necessary to effectively negotiate an agreement, and strategies to hold the HMIS software provider accountable under such contracts.

Heather Dillashaw, Lead Homeless Services Specialist, ICF Internation

Mary Schwartz, Abt

HMIS Project Management and Annual Calendar of Expectations

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

What does it take to successfully manage a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will detail the key tasks and skills of an HMIS team and provide a template calendar to highlight the responsibilities of this role.

Mary Schwartz, Abt

Heather Dillashaw, Lead Homeless Services Specialist, ICF Internation

 

HMIS Project Set-up 201

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

What are common challenges when completing project-set up in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will review advanced project set-up topics, and provide solutions to address common issues.

Joan Domenech, CSH

Meradith Alspaugh, The Partnership Center, Ltd.

HMIS Project Set-up 101

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

What is project-set up in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)? This session will detail the project set-up requirements and best practices across all Federal Partners that utilize HMIS.

Brian Roccapriore, Cloudburst

Joan Domenech, CSH

Using RHY-HMIS Data to Support Youth Experiencing for Homelessness

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) within HHS oversees the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program and RHY-HMIS. Many RHY grantees use data every day to inform their decision-making to best serve homeless youth and young adults, as well as to collaborate, evaluate and fundraise. Data are essential to supporting these efforts at the federal level as well. In 2019, FYSB released the RHY-HMIS Data Dashboard, a tool for data visualizations and report filtering on grantee-, regional-, state- and national-level RHY data generated from HMIS. How does FYSB utilize data on behalf of homeless youth overall? How does a homeless youth service provider utilize data in its efforts in serving their youth and young adults? What takeaways are there for other service agencies? is targeted towards homeless service grantees, CoC members, HMIS Leads and administrators, youth partner organizations and HMIS vendors.

John McGah, Senior TA Specialist, American Instititutes for Research (AIR)

Resa Matthew, Ph.D., Director, Division of Adolescent Development & Support, FYSB/ACF/HHS

Liz Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, LifeWorks Austin

Failing Forward: On the Road to Social Impact

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Social service organizations are no strangers to data. However, much of the data that agencies collect is designed to satisfy external stakeholders and is largely shaped by funder requirements and contract compliance. Because of the disproportionate amount of time and attention that is devoted to meeting their reporting requirements, organizations spend considerably less time analyzing their data in ways that would allow them to better understand their clients, refine their programs, or measure their social impact. During this workshop, participants will learn about the complexities (and benefits) of building a learning culture, and how organizations’ internal capacity, infrastructure, executive leadership, and funders collectively impact their ability to leverage data in meaningful ways. In addition to providing attendees with concrete recommendations and opportunities for discussion, the presenters will show selected segments of Failing Forward: On the Road to Social Impact, a short documentary on this topic.

Susan McDowell, CEO, LifeWorks

Kate Robinson, Executive Producer, Failing Foward

Communicating Data for Impact

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Communicating data for impact is about sharing your data so that it engages your stakeholders while driving long-lasting change. It is the last step in the HMIS reporting chain but it may be the most important, as it serves to motivate and inspire your stakeholders. During this session we will cover 1) understanding how to frame your message to inspire action, using proven data communication strategies; and 2) knowing how to convey your data using data visualization and complementary data engagement approaches. We will review how to define your target audience, how to craft your message, and how to tailor your data communication approach to meet your objectives. We will examine data visualization best practices so that you can design data-driven communications that are effective and engaging. We will discuss how to minimize audience biases and protect your published data from misuse. A resource guide will be provided!

Andrea Miller Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) Homeless Texas Network SAFE Alliance

Comparable Databases and VAWA Confidentiality Provision: A Legal Perspective

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

Victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking have specific security and safety concerns. Data collection processes developed to comply with HUD CoC or Emergency Solutions Grants program requirements must be carefully planned, implemented, and evaluated regularly – the safety and privacy of survivors depend upon it. This training will highlight best practices for Comparable Database record retention, data entry practices and an overview of HUD Universal Data Elements. Required reporting will also be discussed.
During this session an attorney from Confidentiality Institute and a TA provider from National Network to End Domestic Violence will discuss the requirements of the comparable databases. The goal is to help participants understand what to consider when selecting a Comparable Database for HUD-funded victim service providers in order to be in compliance with HUD and the Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.
No vendors will be endorsed but HUD and VAWA requirements will be highlighted.

Alicia Aiken, Director, Confidentiality Institute

Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist, NNEDV

Local, State and National Spotlight on Comparable Databases for Victim Service Providers

August 1, 2019 2019 Fall Conference

As HUD CoC funding increases with the domestic and sexual violence set aside for programs serving survivors, confidentiality, safety, and data challenges have surfaced for victim service providers and HMIS leads. This session provides an opportunity to hear about best practices locally, statewide, and nationally from a Comparable Database and HMIS leaders in Texas (Austin and Texas statewide) and national technical assistance providers. Conference attendees will participate in a facilitated conversation to discuss key roles for collecting and integrating data into the conversation. Key areas of conversation include: protecting data privacy, building relationships across victim service providers, homeless service providers, state domestic violence coalitions and Continuum of Cares, asking sensitive questions, data sharing and receiving consent, reporting aggregate level data to HMIS leads, Comparable Database technical assistance and training for victim service providers, cross-system coordination, and survivor-centered coordinated entry.

Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist

Laura Evanoff, LCSW-S, CoC Performance & Monitoring & T.A. Manager, ECHO

Molly Voyles, Public Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence

Preston Petty, Coordinated Entry Program Director

Sophia Checa, Director of Continuum of Care Programs

Erin Goodison, Senior Director of Housing