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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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2023 NAWRS Workshop


Thank you to everyone who attended the 59th Annual Workshop – “Learning from a Shifting World: Opportunities and Challenges in the Delivery of Social Supports”

59th Annual Workshop Program

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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

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
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Futures Without Violence
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
Futures Without Violence
Safe Housing Partnerships
The Hotline
Center for Court Innovation

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

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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

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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 
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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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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:

Conference Planning Committee

The purpose of the Conference Planning Committee is to lead the overarching logistics and arrangements for the NAWRS conference, including, identifying, researching, and proposing the state and hotel venue for the conference, the outside social networking events, technology that will be used for each session, and coordinating with other NAWRS committees to ensure continuity of operations.

Finance and Budget Committee

The purpose of the Finance and Budget Committee (FBC) is to strengthen NAWRS’ financial position through sound practices for oversight and decision-making.

The primary tasks of the FBC are oversight of NAWRS’ financial activities, coordination with officers and other committees (e.g., Conference Planning) on matters related to financial planning, and the preparation of the NAWRS budget. Currently, the FBC also serves as a central location for activities under the purview of the Technology Chair and Secretary-Registrar.

Program Committee

The primary tasks of the Program Committee focus on the development and implementation of the Program portion of the biennial NAWRS Conference. This includes identifying all speakers and presenters during both the plenary sessions and breakouts. While the scope of this committee focuses on the Conference program, coordination with the conference planning committee is important.

Strategic Partnership and Fundraising Committee

This Committee will develop strategies to engage nonprofit, academic, and for-profit partners to provide infrastructure supports to NAWRS, including strategic partnerships to:

  • Build financial resources;
  • Increase brand recognition; and
  • Strengthen communications and resource sharing capabilities across the NAWRS community of practice.

Strategic Planning Committee

Guide the strategic goals of the board through work plans and assignment of tasks. The current goals include: (1) outlining and developing NAWRS membership and (2) ensuring succession planning is ongoing for board positions.

Virtual Events Committee

The Virtual Events Committee plans and hosts webinars in years when the NAWRS workshop is not occurring. These events represent an opportunity to keep the NAWRS community engaged and to highlight interesting research and trends relevant to NAWRS membership. The Committee is led by two Chairs and committee members are pulled from across the broader NAWRS community, including individuals that may be new to the organization.

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 virtual meetings and attend 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 and let us know a little about yourself and your interests! Thank you for supporting the NAWRS family.


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. 


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.