NHSDC Fall 2018 Conference - Call for Session Proposals


Call for Conference Session Proposals
The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is requesting session proposals for the 2018 Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon, on October 17-18, 2018. 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 Start the Ignition: Implementing Changes For Our Future. NHSDC welcomes session proposals that demonstrate technical application, leadership, collaboration, implementation, innovations and best practices. We want to learn how you are implementing and getting active with creative human services programming of the future.


Topic ideas for conference sessions include:

Implementations, Innovations, and Best Practices
Service providers and administrators alike must always think outside the box for creative solutions to their specific issues. Thinking about data quality, performance and security to be effective are of the utmost importance to most communities. Also, service provider agencies often need to adapt data systems to cover a new population or new program. Ensuring data integrity and quality is critical, as is providing a seamless transition for staff.

Proposal Examples:

  • Data Sharing Beyond Traditional Social Service Systems
  • How Thinking Outside The Box Can Help Create New Solutions
  • Thinking Forward: Developing The Future Of Your Continuum
  • Coordinated Entry And HMIS
  • HMIS 101
  • Youth Initiatives And Innovation

Leadership and Collaborations within Human Services
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.  Putting it all together requires complex coordination of multiple strategies at play simultaneously.

Proposal Examples:

  • How Building Stronger Collaborations Can Affect Data
  • 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 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.

Proposal Examples:

  • Advanced Uses Of Technology (GIS, Advanced Excel, Mobile Devices, Social Media)
  • Technology And Applications For Data Visualizations
  • LSA Development And How To Prepare
  • Data Collections Best Practices
  • Creating System Performance Dashboards: Building Dashboard To Engage End Users

How to Submit Proposals
Please prepare and submit proposals online (at 
Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2018


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

Session Title: 100 Character Maximum

Description: Descriptions should be a concise (350 words or less), narrative description of the content and purpose of the proposed session. Attendees will want to learn about real-world success and failure.

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 consists of a panel or multiple presenters, please identify the individual that will serve as the primary contact for conference planning committee.

Preferred Session Format: Please indicate in your proposal your preferred format (plenary, workshop, presentation, or roundtable). If NHSDC thinks your proposal might be useful 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 & 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. Interactive sessions are critical in the decision-making process.

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.


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May 2018 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
May 2018
Online Registration Closing TODAY, Last Chance to Register for 2018 NCHV Annual Conference
May 30-June 1 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C.
Online registration for the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will close this Friday, May 25. Don't miss out on the top training event in the nation specifically for homeless veteran service providers, register now!
You can click here to view a video highlighting last year's Annual Conference to take a look at why this is the can't-miss event of the year!
This year's NCHV Annual Conference offers:
  • a full session curriculum with a range of subject matter designed to help you improve your efforts to serve veterans in your community;
  • VIP guests including Second Lady Karen Pence, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman;
  • opportunities to interact with leadership of the Federal agencies that operate programs for homeless veterans;
  • an Advocacy 101 Learning Institute, and Public Policy Session to guide your advocacy efforts at home;
  • numerous networking opportunities with other providers and stakeholders from across the country;
  • and more!
We're looking forward to seeing you next week in Washington!
Hill Watch: New Programming and Big Names at Annual Conference
Advocacy 101 Institute introduces local advocacy training; Second Lady, HUD Secretary, VA DEPSEC Headline Events
Every year at the NCHV Annual Conference, we offer attendees a Public Policy session. It is the representation of one of the three core missions of NCHV. This year, it is getting bigger and better!
There have traditionally been two sections to the policy portion of the Annual Conference: the Public Policy Session and the Federal Partners Session. The former is where we get our advocates up-to-date on what is happening on the Hill, make sure everyone is on message, and give some basic guidance to new advocates who may be going to the Hill for the first time. The latter is where we have heard directly from an assembled board of Federal Agency representatives, most usually from VA, HUD, USICH, and DOL.
This year we are adding a third component as part of our addition of “Institutes” to the Conference – the Advocacy 101 Institute. This nearly three-hour block of sessions will take the advocacy training normally found in the Public Policy Session as its core, but also include training on advocacy for the local and state level. Attendees will hear successful advocates discuss the why’s and how’s of their local work, as well as from representatives of NCHV’s national partner organizations who will discuss how to leverage their organization’s resources to succeed when they get home.
This new initiative is part of NCHV’s growing Operation Main Street program which aims to help our members grow their advocacy prowess and make impacts in communities across the country. We recommend at least one member of your staff attend this Institute, so your organization can benefit from the assembled expertise. 
Speaking of can’t miss sessions: the three plenary sessions this year will as usual be chances to hear from high level policy makers. Our Opening Session on the morning of Wednesday, May 30, will feature HUD Secretary Ben Carson, whose remarks at last years’ Housing Summit were very well received. Also on the first day, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence will be joining us to speak during the luncheon plenary. Mrs. Pence works to bring attention to art therapy and to the sacrifices made by military service members and their families. And finally, the morning Friday, June 1, VA Deputy Secretary Tom Bowman will deliver his remarks on behalf of the Department. Bowman has been deeply involved with homeless veteran issues for years, even prior to his time at VA, and we are very much looking forward to his remarks.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Policy Sessions, and to seeing everyone at our plenary sessions!
Special Advance Screening of Upcoming Film at NCHV Annual Conference 
Join us for special screening of Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Attendees of the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will be treated to a special advance screening of the upcoming film, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. 
Unbroken: Path to Redemption — in theaters nationwide Oct. 5, 2018 — is the inspiring and powerful continuation of Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s post-World War II story and his struggle to find peace and forgiveness after his ruthless treatment as a Japanese prisoner of war. While the story stands alone, the brand-new film picks up where 2014’s epic saga Unbroken ends, continuing the amazing true story of the Olympian and World War II hero.
Laura Hillenbrand’s book, the source material for both films, spent four years on The New York Times best-seller list in hardcover including 15 weeks at No. 1. The paperback debuted and remained at No. 1 more than 20 weeks. The young-reader edition was another Times best-seller. The three-time Academy Award® nominated film, Unbroken, opened to the third-best Christmas Day box office of all time, ultimately drawing nearly $165 million worldwide.
“Exploring the extraordinary post-war journey of Olympian and WWII POW Louis Zamperini, Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a lyrical, profoundly moving film, a story told with integrity, honesty and compelling beauty,” Hillenbrand said.
We are pleased to offer this special screening for Conference attendees. For more information on the NCHV Annual Conference, and to register, click here.
Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration
New report from the Heartland Alliance
Drawing from in-depth interviews with public workforce and homeless service systems leaders and the work of the Heartland Alliance's five Connections Project sites, Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration identifies common barriers to public workforce and homeless service systems collaboration and recommends how to address these barriers in order to help ensure that homeless and unstably housed jobseekers can access economic opportunity and stabilize in housing.
To view the full report, click here.
Funding Opportunities
The Andrews Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations with the goal of offering philanthropic support and development in the following areas: child and family welfare, disaster response and relief, higher education, physical and mental health, and religious and spiritual growth. Applications are reviewed throughout the year. For more information, click here.
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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Caution Is Needed When Considering "Sanctioned Encampments" or "Safe Zones"

We know communities are working to address the immediate safety and living conditions of people who are unsheltered, and some are considering sanctioned encampments or safe zones as a part of their response.
In this document, we consider some of the costs and consequences of such settings and their potential impact on a community's systemic efforts to end homelessness. 

Coalition Brings Together Partners to Reduce Homelessness Among American Indians/Alaska Natives

American Indians/Alaska Natives are disproportionately affected by homelessness, yet they are least likely to be referred to or accepted into housing programs.

Colleen Echohawk, Director of the Chief Seattle Club, explains how a culturally competent system will ensure a broader and more effective response to indigenous homelessness.

New Resources for Communities Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Tap into these resources for youth experiencing homelessness:
The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families has launched a new website and blog, providing resources for communities serving runaway and homeless youth.
A new publication from USICH provides information about a range of federal programs that can support efforts to prevent and end homelessness, including youth homelessness.

Voices of Youth Count Issues Research Brief on Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing

Homelessness in America


The brief relates some of the trends and unique challenges faced by young people who are pregnant or parenting and don't have a safe and stable place to live.

Congratulations to Kittitas County on becoming the first community in Washington to effectively end Veteran homelessness! 

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th Street, SW, Room 2080, Washington, DC 20407

Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change

Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change

You have the awesome responsibility for managing, evaluating, and overseeing projects while articulating high-level vision and goals through your Continuum of Care (CoC). We get it and we're here to help. CSH's new course to maximize the potential of CoC leaders is led by our Senior Policy Advisor Ann Oliva and will help you work through the major challenges you face. Experts – many who have led CoCs – will provide the framework and tools you need. This course curriculum is built for anyone working within the CoC structure, including collaborative applicant leadership, board and staff, Committee members, or others responsible for leading CoC efforts. You get access to resources, plus 5 live training sessions and 2 small-group coaching conferences. We estimate the course requires 20 hours of time throughout a 4-month period. CSH Subscribers and groups may be eligible for a discount too – email training@csh.org for additional information.
CSH's newest course, Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change, is specifically designed with Continuum of Care staff, board and leaders in mind, to maximize their potential to drive purposeful change in their communities! This entirely online experience will build your capacity in critical skills while providing you with small group coaching sessions designed to help you apply what you learn.

Topics Include:
- Leadership & Effective Organizational Structuring
- Risk Taking & Risk Management
- Change Management, Communication & Messaging
- Project Management & Meeting Facilitation

This course begins on June 13, 2018 and seats are limited. Learn more about the course here
While this signature course is not included as part of CSH Subscription, CSH Subscribers and groups may be eligible for a discount – email training@csh.org for more information.
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