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!