2014 NLPES Professional Development Seminar

Oct. 5-8, 2014 | Raleigh, N.C.

Picture of the North Carolina Legislative BuildingThe National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) hosts the only national training event designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in program evaluation.

NLPES will hold its 2014 Professional Development Seminar in Raleigh, N. C., Oct. 5-8. This year’s seminar will offer professional development opportunities for program evaluators of all skill levels. Planned sessions will cover topics such as: 

  • Managing and Communicating with Multiple Generations
  • Using Big Data
  • Communication with the Legislature
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Excel Tips and Tricks
  • Using Statistical Software for Evaluations
  • Using Graphics Software
  • Data Management
  • Evaluating Medicaid
  • Evaluating University Systems and Higher Education
  • Report Messaging
  • Effective and Informative Presentations
  • Effective Project Team Management
  • Developing and Administering Surveys
  • Measuring the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Audit and Evaluation Agencies
  • Legal Considerations for Audits and Evaluations

Sessions may qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Materials will be available to document participants’ attendance at seminar programs. CPE credits are awarded as determined by each participant’s office or agency, however. NCSL and NLPES are not registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your colleagues and hear about the innovative research and analytical work program evaluation offices around the country are doing. We hope you come and enjoy Southern hospitality in the Tar Heel State! 


Registration Information Registration fees are

Legislators/Legislative Staff: $350
Legislative staff from North Carolina Host Office (special preauthorization required): $275
Spouse/guest: $100
Daily fee:  $200
All others: $350

Four ways to register

Register Online | Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Sept. 26, 2014.

Register by Fax | Fax a completed printable registration form to 303-364-7811.

Register by Mail | Mail a completed printable registration form to NCSL Registration/Accounting, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230.

Onsite Registration | If you can't make the registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel beginning Oct. 5.

Spouse/Guest Registration | The $100 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 4, 2014, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationA block of rooms has been reserved at:
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Tel: 919-834-9900

Hotel room rate: $179 per night (plus taxes)
Reservation deadline: Sept. 8, 2014

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel arrangements.  Please make your PDS hotel reservations by September 8. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.


Book your room

For attendees who may want to arrive early or stay longer, the negotiated room rate may be available three days before and after the conference.  The dates shown on the hotel's registration site reflect these extra days plus the actual days of the seminar.

If arranging hotel accommodations by phone, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL conference to receive the negotiated $179 rate per night (plus taxes).

Travel information

 Travel InformationEach attendee is responsible for making his or her  travel arrangements.

Air Travel

Raleigh is served by the Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU).  If you need assistance booking air travel, contact:


Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Ground Transportation

The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel does not provide airport shuttle service. The cab fare from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $45 to $50 one way. See the RDU airport ground transportation website for more information.

General Information

Special Needs

To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Tricia Simmons or NCSL meetings about any special accommodations you may require or any dietary restrictions you may have.


Business casual attire is appropriate for all seminar events. Dressing in layers will allow you to make adjustments for your comfort.

City Information

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the county  seat of Wake County. Raleigh also is known as the "City of Oaks" for the many oak trees lining its streets. It is home to numerous cultural and historic sites. Several major universities and colleges call Raleigh home. 

Visit Raleigh’s official tourism website for more information about this beautiful city.

Picture of downtown Raleigh, Norrth Carolina