NHSDC Fall 2018 Conference - 2 New Data Institutes Added - Registration Now Open


HMIS Data Maturity and Data Analytics Institute
To successfully change the homeless service system and improve projects, the community needs reliable and comprehensive information. Critical to this is the ability of CoCs to examine HMIS data sets in order to find patterns and draw conclusions. Once analyzed, the results can be presented to target stakeholder groups, allowing for improved service and resource decision-making. This year, the Institute is divided into two
 tracks from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Both are beginning to intermediate level.  The attendee will select a single track for registration and is expected to bring a laptop and power cord.  Boxed lunches will be provided.

The Data Maturity track helps CoCs build community capacity to: connect data analytics with data-driven decision-making and dig deeper into data with stakeholders to drive system improvements. Attendees will have opportunities to participate in small group exercises to build a shared understanding of how to use data to identify factors impacting system performance, prioritize goals, and drive action planning.

Intended Audience: CoC or HMIS data leaders

Prerequisite: Familiarity with CoC system performance measures and planning processes; HUD and USICH goals; and CoC data management tools (HMIS, HDX, APRs, etc.) 

  • Overview of System Modeling Concepts and Tools
  • Data Maturity Assessment Tool
  • Part One - Data Maturity Overview
  • Part Two - Data Action Cycle
  • Part Three - Data Story Telling

The Data Analytics track starts with an introduction to analytical tools to help CoCs improve system and project performance. Participants will learn applied analytics concepts and basic statistical methodologies in social service settings. Explore the use of macros, advanced pivot tables, slicers, and dashboards using Excel. Understand how to structure data, build and publish dashboards. Hear from local experts that have experience using these analysis packages along with
live data reporting tools.

Intended Audience: Data analysts, HMIS System Administrators

Prerequisite: Basic Excel skills (e.g. spreadsheet organization and management, simple formulas, tables, etc.); familiarity with HMIS
CSV data and/or structured datasets; and knowledge of system performance measures
  • Analyzing Data for System Improvement
  • Basic/Rapid Excel Analytics
  • Intermediate Excel Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics and Community Dashboards
  • Data Analytics Next Steps

Who should attend: The Institute is limited to two representatives per CoC jurisdiction.  HMIS Vendors and technical assistance providers are asked to not register as seats are limited. If all of the sessions in a track are completed, the attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Presenter(s): SNAPS Office, HUD; Sarah Kahn, Jamie Taylor and Andrea Miller, The Cloudburst Group; Additional presenters TBA

Book Your Hotel Now! 

This year's conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland. The conference rate is a reasonable $169 per night. Please use this link to book your room. We usually sell out so we advise reserving your room early!
Conference registration is open! You can register here!

About the National Human Services Data Consortium

The NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer education, and lifelong learning to its membership and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation, and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze, and present information regarding the provision of human services.

Our conferences highlight the good work that you and your community are doing to leverage data in the fight to end homelessness. All communities employ different strategies and creative means to tackle the social services issues.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

HDX Version 2.0 Beta Testing Now Available

HUD created the new Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) report to enhance the ability of communities to review their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data and to streamline how Continuums of Care (CoCs) provide their aggregated HMIS data to HUD for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).
HUD has developed a new platform for the submission of the LSA, the Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0), and opened it for communities to preview and test prior to the next official submission period.
Communities will have until Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT to preview and test the site in a beta version.
  • Beta Test Schedule and Information

    In order to give all CoCs time to get familiar with the new platform, the HDX 2.0 will be open until July 31, 2018. During this period CoCs will be given an opportunity to log into the site, explore the new layout and functionality, and upload a sample dataset. We invite your feedback on the process via the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.
  • Login Information

    All existing HDX users are already established as users in the new HDX 2.0. Users should have already received an auto-generated email from the HDX 2.0 with instructions about how to log into the new site. Simply follow the onscreen instructions for updating your password.

    For new users, please see the Login Information section of the Beta User Guide for specifics on registering in the new site.
  • Materials Posted

    Beta User Guide and Sample Upload File: HUD has developed an HDX 2.0 Beta User Guide that outlines some of the basic functionality of the site and the LSA module. Additionally, a sample LSA upload file is available for CoCs to load into the system.

    LSA Report Specifications and Tools: These tools, including written specifications and SQL code, were created to support HMIS software providers in programming the HMIS LSA report file.

    Additional LSA resources will be added over the coming weeks.


If you have any questions/comments about the HDX 2.0 or the beta test process, please visit the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. Under “My question is related to,” select “HDX Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, AHAR, Sys PM, and PDX).”
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

It's Time to Collect SOAR Outcomes!


2018 SOAR Outcomes Collection

Data Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It's that time of year again! The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is collecting outcomes on SSI/SSDI initial applications and appeals with decision dates in FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 -June 30, 2018).
If you are not sure which method your state uses to collect outcomes, please contact your State Team Lead.
Remember that every approval is a life transformed.  Thank you for all the amazing work that you do! 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center at soar@prainc.com if you have any questions.