2016 NLPES Professional Development Seminar Preliminary Agenda

9/2/2016
Sept. 25-28, 2016 | Jackson, Miss.

Image of logo of the National Legislative Program Evaluation SocietyEach 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 Mississippi Joint PEER Committee is hosting this year's seminar.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, Jackson, Miss.

All meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown unless otherwise indicated.

Track 1:  Technical Skills—Converting Raw Data into Actionable Intelligence
Track 2: Human Resource Skills—Realizing the Full Potential of our Workforce
Track 3:  Basic Skills for Newer Evaluators—The Foundational Elements of Sound Legislative Program Evaluation

Preliminary Agenda

Sunday, September 25

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

NLPES Executive Committee Meeting
Hilton Garden Inn

Presiding: Greg Fugate, Colorado Office of the State Auditor, and Incoming NLPES Chair

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Hilton Garden Inn

Evening

Dinner on Your Own

 

Monday, September 26

7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk
Hilton Garden Inn

7:45-8 a.m.

Depart for State Capitol
Hilton Garden Inn, 1st Floor

Meet in the first floor lobby of the hotel at the time designated below:
     Walking group-7:45 a.m.
     Buses-8 a.m.

8:30–9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session 1—Information Needs of the Tech Savvy, Data-Driven Legislator
State Capitol, House Chamber

Speaker:  The Honorable Toby Barker, State Representative, Mississippi

9:45–10:15 a.m.

Walking Tour of the Capitol
State Capitol 

10:30–11:45 a.m.

Track 1 Session—Pew Data Analytics: Exploring Innovative Uses of Data to Inform Decision Making
State Capitol, Room 216 (Old Supreme Court Chamber)

Moderator: Jennifer Thornton, Manager, Data as a Strategic Asset, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Panelists: Greg Fugate, Colorado Office of the State Auditor
Gary Jones, Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector
Keenan Konopaski, Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

10:30–11:45 a.m.

Track 2 Session—Generational Management: Understanding and Motivating Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millenials, Gen Y
State Capitol, Room 113 (the Governor Bilbo Room)

Moderator: Marcia Lindsay, South Carolina Legislative Audit Council

Panelists: Emily Johnson, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
Kevin Ryan, South Carolina Legislative Audit Council

11:45 a.m. –Noon

Return to hotel
Walking Group-meet on the first floor, south side of the State Capitol
Buses-meet on the first floor, north side of the State Capitol

Noon–1 p.m.

Lunch
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

1:15–2:45 p.m.

Track 1 Session—Exploring the Tools of Big Data Analysis
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Alicia David, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee

Panelists: Anna Johnson, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee
Ben Ward, California State Auditor's Office

1:15–2:45 p.m.

Track 2 Session—The New Collaborative Organization: Strategies to Inspire Employees and Increase Productivity
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Shunti Taylor, Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts

Panelists: Eric Beverly, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
Kate Shiroff, Colorado Office of the State Auditor
Eric Thomas, Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

1:15–2:45 p.m.

Track 3 Session—Basic Skills for Newer Evaluators
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Trainers:  Max Arinder, Retired Executive Director, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee 
John Turcotte, North Carolina Program Evaluation Division

3–4:30 p.m.

Impact Award Poster Session
Hilton Garden Inn

5:30–9:30 p.m.

Evening Event
Mississippi Museum of Art

Join us at the beautiful Mississippi Museum of Art for dinner and entertainment.

 

Tuesday, September 27

8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

8:30–10 a.m.

Plenary Session 2Weeders to Leaders
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Speaker:  Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape Services, University of Mississippi

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Track 1 Session—Identifying and Understanding Quality Program Research
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Trainer: Kirby Arinder, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Track 2 Session—Cutting Edge Techniques for Managing Stress in the Public Sector Workplace
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Trainer: Kip Bowen, Director, MEA Cares, Mississippi

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

NLPES Awards Luncheon
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Presiding: Greg Fugate, Colorado Office of the State Auditor, and NLPES Chair

1:30–3 p.m.

Track 1 Session—Data Access and Reliability
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Katrin Osterhaus, Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit

Panelists: Dale Carlson, California State Auditor's Office
Nick Hill, Montana Legislative Audit Division
Peter Van Moorsel, Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

1:30–3 p.m.

Track 2 Session—Briefing Skills: Holding the Attention of an Information Saturated Audience
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Speaker: Mandi Stanley, Mandi Stanley Seminars, LLC, Mississippi

3:15–4:45 p.m.

Track 1 Session—Using Results First to Inform the Legislative Process
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Linda Triplett, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee

Panelist: Jon Courtney, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee

3:15–4:45 p.m.

Track 2 SessionExploring New Communication Approaches and Tools
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Greg Fugate, Colorado Office of the State Auditor

Panelists: Hannah Crumrine, Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations
Stephanie Hoffman, Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee
Kiernan McGorty, North Carolina Program Evaluation Division

3:15–4:45 p.m.

Track 3 Session—Basic Skills, Part II
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Trainers:  Max Arinder, Retired Executive Director, Mississippi Legislative PEER 
John Turcotte, North Carolina Program Evaluation Division

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Evening Event

Dinner on your own, followed by entertainment at Duling Hall.  Buses will transport participants between the hotel and Duling Hall.

 

Wednesday, September 28

8 a.m.–Noon

Registration/Information Desk
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

8:30–10 a.m.

Track 1 Session—Challenging the Status Quo in Technical Evaluation
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Kirby Arinder, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee

Panelists: Jon Courtney, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
Jason Juffras, Office of the District of Columbia Auditor

8:30–10 a.m.

Track 2 Session—Practicing What We Preach
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Moderator: Wayne Kidd, Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General

Panelists: Joe Chrisman, Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
Justin Londo, Michigan Office of the Auditor General
Melissa Simpson, Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit
Darin Underwood, Utah Office of the Legislative Auditor General
Bryon Welch, Idaho Office of Performance Evaluation

8:30–10 a.m.

Track 3 Session—Basic Skills, Part III
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Trainers:  Max Arinder, Retired Executive Director, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee
John Turcotte, North Carolina Program Evaluation Division

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session 3: Futures Exploration
Hilton Garden Inn, 2nd Floor

Speaker:  Max Arinder, Retired Executive Director, Mississippi Legislative PEER Committee

 

2015 NLPES Professional Development Seminar Concludes