Transformation in Action

June 16 - 18, 2014

Capital Hilton, Washington DC

Call for Presentations

Each year the American Public Human Services Association holds its annual Policy Forum in Washington, DC. This conference has been a leading educational event for senior level human service professionals including public agency heads, program administrators and other top agency leaders. It is the only national forum focused on policy designed exclusively for state and local human service executives. Conference presentations cover a variety of policy issues at the state and federal level, as well as innovations in practice.

This year’s theme for the Policy Forum is Transformation in Action. This theme reflects the evolution occurring in the delivery of human services across the country. As state and federal resources have become stretched, the need to innovate has increased. Many new and innovative approaches to the delivery of health and human services are being implemented and in the process are transforming the nature of our business. If you believe your office has been involved in transforming how human services are delivered, we would love for you to share your experience at the Policy Forum.

Two years ago APHSA members launched a comprehensive policy and practice initiative called Pathways, the Opportunities Ahead for Human Services. This initiative is focused on transforming human services into a integrated, person- and family-centered approach that uses modern tools and business models and that evaluates success based on real outcomes, not just on compliance. The Pathways initiative is focused on impacting the following four areas:

  • Sustained Well Being of Children and Youth
  • Healthier Families, Adults and Communities,
  • Stronger Families, Adults and communities, and
  • Achieving Gainful Employment and Independence

APHSA invites proposals for presentations on innovative policy initiatives that have help transform the delivery of human services under one or more of these impact areas. These initiatives can be state-wide, county administered, or more localized. They can involve evidence based practices, the use of Social Return on Investment, partnership with other agencies such as education boards or housing agencies or the private sector, or reviews of states laws and regulations to determine the effectiveness of current policies. 

Presentations can be geared toward a plenary session, or a breakout. Individual presentations as well as panel discussions will be considered. Presentations should be between 30 and 60 minutes long.

The criteria for choosing presenters are as follows:

  • Relevance to Pathways initiative’s principles, including the elements of our 21st Century business model (for more information on Pathways go to http://www.aphsa.org/content/APHSA/en/pathways/OUR_VISION.html; see also the NWI business model guidance).
  • Reflective of innovative approaches or new concepts in the delivery of human services
  • The use of evidence-based or evidence-informed practices with the ability to demonstrate a return on investment (or social return on investment)
  • The use of data and /or analytics (including predictive analytics) to inform practice or policy
  • Clarity of description
  • Geographic diversity of presenters

APHSA may be able to sponsor travel and lodging for a limited number of speakers. The proposal submission should include a request for travel sponsorship. At least one presenter per proposal will be given one or two room nights at the hotel. 

Proposals can be for participation in a session along with other presenters dealing with similar subject matters, or for an entire session.  Proposals should be no more than one page in length (approximately 500 words), exclusive of biographical sketches, and should summarize the content of the presentation.

Proposals should include:

  • Presentation title
  • Requested length of presentation
  • Name and title of all proposed presenters or discussants
  • Relevance to conference theme and/or APHSA’s Pathways
  • When and where else the presentation has been or will be presented
  • Contact information for primary presenter

To submit a proposal, click here.

For additional information or questions, please call

Ron Smith

Director of Legislative Affairs

202-682-0100 (Ex 299)


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