2015 NLPES Professional Development Seminar Preliminary Agenda

10/2/2015

Oct. 11-14, 2015 | Denver

Image of the NLPES logoEach fall, the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) sponsors a national training seminar designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in program evaluation. The meeting offers professional development opportunities for program evaluators at all skill levels. The Colorado Office of the State Auditor is hosting this year's seminar.

 

Location: The Curtis Hotel, Denver

All meetings will be held at The Curtis Hotel unless otherwise indicated.

Preliminary Agenda

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

NLPES Executive Committee Meeting

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Dodgeball Room

 

Presiding: Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Virginia

 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom Foyer
 

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Curtis Hotel, 3rd Floor, Marco Polo Ballroom

 

 

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
7-7:20 a.m.

Morning Walk (optional)

 

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom Foyer

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor-Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Announcements

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

8:45–10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session 1: Dealing With Constant Change in the Workplace

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Speaker:  Mike Collins, President, The Perfect Workday Company, Raleigh, North Carolina
 

10:25–11:55 a.m.

Concurrent Session 1: Supervising Savvy: Delivering Concrete Feedback and Providing Guidance with Confidence and Grace

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Shunti Taylor, Georgia

 

Speakers: Rachel Hibbard, Hawaii

James Taurman, Colorado

Emily Wilson, Louisiana

10:25–11:55 a.m.

Concurrent Session 2: Evaluating Health Exchanges: Lessons Learned for Conducting Challenging Audits and Evaluations

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Charles Sallee, New Mexico

 

Speakers: Joel Alter, Minnesota

Carleen Armstrong, Colorado

Michelle Aubel, New Mexico

Robert Rodrock, Hawaii

12:05–1:05 p.m.

Lunch

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor-Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

1:15–2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session 3: Managing Audits and Evaluations in the Legislative Environment (Part 1)

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Monica Bowers, Colorado

 

Speakers: Lance McCleve, Idaho

Leslie McGuire, Georgia

Karen McKenna, California

Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Virginia

1:15–2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session 4: Making a Difference: Evaluations of Programs for Vulnerable Populations

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Dale Carlson, California

 

Speakers: Kyle Craigo, South Carolina

Dan Kleinmaier, Wisconsin

Sean Surtleff, Texas

Jenell Ward, Mississippi

2:55–4:25 p.m.

Poster Session-Celebrating NLPES Impact Award Winners

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Come network with your colleagues from other states and learn about their award-winning reports.

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Reception

Curtis Hotel, 3rd floor, Four Square Ballroom

 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015
7-7:20 a.m. Morning Walk (optional)

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom Foyer

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

8:30-8:40 a.m.

Announcements

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor-Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

8:40-10:40 a.m.

Plenary Session 2: Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Speaker: Chariti Gent, Chariti Gent Coaching & Consulting, Madison, Wisconsin

10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Concurrent Session 5: It's Where the Data Are:  IT Considerations When Planning Audits and Evaluations

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Katrin Osterhaus, Kansas

 

Speakers: Audrey O'Neill, Texas

Jacob Schindler, Wisconsin

Ben Ward, California

Ray Wright, Mississippi

10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Concurrent Session 6: Evaluating Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife, and Public Lands Programs

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Wayne Kidd, Utah

 

Speakers:  Karen LeBlanc, Louisiana

Joe Murray, Montana

Ryan McCord, Washington

Rebecca Connolly, Washington

12:15–2 p.m.

NLPES Awards Luncheon

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Presiding:  Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Virginia

2:10–3:25 p.m.

Concurrent Session 7: Evaluating Roads, Bridges and Other Transportation Projects

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Patricia Berger, Pennsylvania

 

Speakers: Michelle Colin, Colorado

Eric Thomas, Washington

Sarah Williamson, Mississippi

2:10–3:25 p.m.

Concurrent Session 8: Can You Read Me Now? Report Formats, Style Guides, Copy Editing and Other Practices

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Marcia Lindsay, South Carolina

 

Speakers:

Margaret Campbell, Idaho

Melissa Simpson, Arkansas

Shunti Taylor, Georgia

3:35–4:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session 9: Managing Audits and Evaluations in the Legislative Environment (Part 2)

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Monica Bowers, Colorado

 

Speakers: Emily Johnson, Texas

Keenan Konopaski, Washington

Darin Underwood, Utah

Valerie Whitener, Washington

Jan Yamane, Hawaii

3:35–4:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session 10: Not for Public Release: Safeguarding Confidential or Sensitve Information When Performing Audits and Evaluations and Reporting on the Results

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Virginia

 

Speakers: Christine Clarke, Kansas

Jeff Grimes, North Carolina

Brent Lucas, North Carolina

Noah Natzke, Wisconsin

5:30–7 p.m.

Reception

Wynkoop Brewery, 1634-18th Street, Denver

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
7-7:20 a.m. Morning Walk (optional)
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom Foyer

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

8:30-8:40 a.m.

Announcements

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

8:40–9:55 a.m.

Plenary Session 3: State Policy Trends: Today's Trends Become Tomorrow's Audits and Evaluations

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Panelists: Jonathan Griffin, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL Fiscal Affairs

Alison Lawrence, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL Criminal Justice

Heather Morton, Program Principal, NCSL Fiscal Affairs

Anna Petrini, Policy Associate, NCSL State Services

Laura Rose, Group Director, NCSL Legislative Management

Laura Tobler, NCSL Director of State Policy Research

 

10:05-11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session 11: Hiring and Onboarding the Best and the Brightest with A Focus on Long-Term Retention

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Linda Triplett, Mississippi

 

Speakers: Leah Blevins, Mississippi

Leslie McGuire, Georgia

Linda Triplett, Mississippi

10:05-11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session 12: Risky Business: Selecting and Planning Impactful Audit and Evaluation Topics

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderator: Rachel Hibbard, Hawaii

 

Speakers: Gina Brown, Louisiana

Chuck Hefren, North Carolina

Joe Murray, Montana

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

12:40-1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Session 13: Showcasing Office Technologies

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Patty-Cake Room

 

Moderator: Candace Ware, Utah

 

Speakers: Katherine Guenther, Montana

Matthew Harvey, Utah

Ben McCulloch, Texas

Eric Whitaker, Washington

12:40-1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Session 14: Going Green: A Discussion About the GAO's New Green Book and How It Might Be Used in Audits and Evaluations

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor, Keep Away Room

 

Moderators:  Christopher Harles, Colorado

Kara Trim, Colorado

 

2:05–3:20 p.m.

Plenary Session 4: Emerging Issues Roundtable

Curtis Hotel, 2nd Floor-Peek-a-Boo Ballroom

 

Moderator: Greg Fugate, Colorado

 

  2015 NLPES Professional Development Seminar Concludes
4-5:30 p.m.

Optional Tour of Colorado State Capitol Building & Dome

 

The tour will depart from the hotel lobby at 3:45 p.m.  Attendees are required to wear their conference badges while on the tour.