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NAWRS

NAWRS is a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote
the exchange of ideas on how research and statistical
analysis can contribute to the development and
administration of effective human
services programs.

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Request for Proposals

2023 and 2025 Conference Planning Supportive Services

NAWRS is soliciting written proposals from professionally qualified consultants to provide technical expertise and conference planning supportive services to the Board of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics whose organizational goals are to gather, analyze, and disseminate various research and practice-based evidence in the field of public human services.

Generally, the tasks that will be awarded from this solicitation will include supporting the NAWRS Board in developing and executing a biennial conference showcasing state and federal research in enhancing family self-sufficiency and increasing economic mobility, providing technical expertise and engaging stakeholders and experts on research topics of interest to the field, facilitating meetings and small conferences of key stakeholders and experts, and supporting the development and dissemination of evaluation, research, and technical assistance materials.

More information on this solicitation can be found in the following documents.

NAWRS RFP Overview

NAWRS Budget Workbook

RFP Q & A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources for Members

NAWRS is a community of learning and exchange. We have provided some resources that may be of interest to our members. If you have additional resources you would like us to share, please email us at NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com.

Research Academy

Since 2012, NAWRS has included a Research Academy designed to build the capacity of the state and local human service research community in its annual conference.  The Academy brings state and local administrators and researchers together with research and evaluation experts to discuss how to incorporate rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, into ongoing state and local efforts to improve and document the effectiveness of their programs.  The Research Academy typically includes sessions that:

  • Present examples of the use of rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, to obtain information on program effectiveness 
  • Highlight opportunities to use administrative data to support lower cost evaluation efforts
  • Undertake rapid cycle evaluations to support real-time decision-making
  • Engage participants in identifying current problems/issues that could be addressed by rigorous research
  • Discuss barriers to state and local sponsorship of rigorous research and supports needed to address those barriers

See Research Academy presentations at past workshops by checking out the Previous Workshops section.

Resources for domestic violence/sexual assault programs, advocates, and survivors

NAWRS convened virtually in 2020 to discuss strategies that providers can use to support children and families at higher risk of experiencing domestic violence as a result of COVID-19.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence https://www.nrcdv.org/
National Network to End Domestic Violence https://nnedv.org/
Futures Without Violence https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence https://www.ncadv.org/
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence https://www.acesdv.org/
Futures Without Violence https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/
Safe Housing Partnerships https://safehousingpartnerships.org/
The Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/help/
Center for Court Innovation https://www.courtinnovation.org/

See information about the panel and watch the virtual workshop by checking out to the 2020 Virtual Workshops section.

Research and Human Service Organizations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Workshops

The first NAWRS workshop was in 1956 in Chicago. In all, researchers and administrators of the NAWRS community have gathered to discuss human services and poverty alleviation 55 times. Check out the program and presentations from our most recent workshops and trace the history of NAWRS from coast to coast.

2021 APHSA/NAWRS, Milwaukee, WI

Session Recordings Quick Start Guide

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2015 Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Workshop Program and Presentations
2020 Virtual Workshop 2014 Annual Workshop, Providence, RI
Workshop Program and Presentations
2019 Annual Workshop, New Orleans, LA
2019 Workshop Program with Presentation Links

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2013 Annual Workshop, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Workshop Program and Presentations
2018 Virtual Workshop 2012 NAWRS/NASTA Workshop, Baltimore, MD
Hosted by The Maryland Department of Human Resources
Workshop Program and Presentations
2017 Annual Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Workshop Program and Presentations
2011 Annual Workshop, Vail, CO
Hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services
Workshop Program and Presentations
2016 Virtual Workshop 2010 Annual Workshop, Los Angeles, CA 
Workshop Presentations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Bono Tribute

Michael Bono joined the NAWRS Board of Directors in 2004 and served tirelessly as President in 2010 and again in 2014 and 2015. He continued to work on NAWRS behind the scenes until cancer took him from us in 2016. We are so grateful to have known this warm, selfless, charismatic dynamo with a boundless heart for the less fortunate.

We hope you enjoy this heart-warming tribute to Michael. Friends and colleagues shared some of their favorite memories during an informal gathering to honor him at the NAWRS 2017 Workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteer

NAWRS is an all-volunteer organization that relies on the time and commitment of its membership. Joining a committee is one great way to support NAWRS’s mission of bringing together research and practice. The standing committees are:

  • Program Committee: Plan the program for the next NAWRS workshop
  • Marketing and Volunteer Committee: Maintain the public presence of NAWRS, engage members in Association developments and activities, reach out to potential volunteers for the Association, and connect volunteers with opportunities that align with their interests and the Association’s needs
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Work to develop a map for the future of NAWRS
  • Conference Organization Committee: Coordinate all logistics for the NAWRS workshop
  • Finance and Budget Committee: Strengthen NAWRS’ financial position through better practices for oversight and decision-making (Board members only)

Once you have some experience with NAWRS committees, you might consider running for a position on the Board. This “working Board” manages the Association and its activities. Members participate in monthly conference call meetings and attend annual or bi-annual in-person workshops. The benefits of being a Board member include close and direct contact with other research and evaluation professionals across the country and the ability to ensure representation of your state or organization in the planning of the NAWRS workshop. There are no monetary costs associated with Board membership beyond workshop attendance.

Are you interested? Reach out to NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com and let us know a little about yourself and your interests! Thank you for supporting the NAWRS family.

Sponsor

Sponsoring organization are valuable supporters of NAWRS’s mission. Sponsors include research organizations, consulting and contracting firms, and other organization that want to get their name out there as steadfast supporters of the exchange of ideas and best practices in human services. View some of our most recent sponsors. Sponsors are featured in the NAWRS workshop program and other marketing materials, receive space and support for tabling, are verbally acknowledged to workshop attendees by the NAWRS president, and are honored on the NAWRS website year-round. 

Donate

NAWRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association. The organization does not have an endowment and operates based on revenue from sponsors and workshop registrations. Donations support general Association operations and are tax deductible. Donate Now.