2018 NLPES Professional Development Seminar

Sept. 9-12, 2018 | New Orleans

Image of the logo for the National Legislative Program Evaluation SocietyThe National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) hosts the only national training event designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in program evaluation and performance auditing. NLPES will hold its 2018 Professional Development Seminar in New Orleans, La., Sept. 9-12. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor is the host of this year's seminar.

This seminar offers professional development opportunities for program evaluators and performance auditors of all skill levels. Participate in informative presentations and engage in roundtable discussions with colleagues working on similar issues. Learn new approaches, share ideas and network with your peers from other states.

Legislative audit and evaluation offices operate in a diverse environment, providing objective analysis and conclusions in many different subject areas. Therefore, the seminar program will Jazz Up Your Evaluation Skills by covering a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Data analytics
  • Data reliability
  • Emerging policy areas
  • Evidence
  • Investigative techniques
  • Report impact
  • Research methods
  • Stakeholder input

The seminar agenda will include a great mix of plenary speakers and concurrent sessions with ample opportunity for panel presentations and discussions about contemporary issues in legislative program evaluation.  Additional details will be forthcoming as specific sessions and presenters are confirmed.

Sessions may qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credit for this full three-day seminar. Materials will be available to document participants' attendance at seminar events. CPE credits must be awarded by seminar participants' own organizations, however. NCSL and NLPES are not registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

NEW ADDITION...Two Optional Tours for NLPES PDS Participants
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities—it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. To help you experience NOLA, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office has arranged two optional, “Dutch-treat” tours for NLPES PDS participants. To sign up for an optional tour, please email Jeremy Walton at JWalton@lla.la.gov

Optional Tour #1—Garden District Tour & Commander's Palace Dinner
Sunday, September 9, 2019

Racontours invites you to a very special tour of the Garden District of New Orleans! The tour will begin in New Orleans' famed Garden District at 4:30 p.m. on the evening of September 9, 2018. On our walk through this stunning Ante Bellum neighborhood, we will discuss some history, geography, culture and architecture: that is replete with many surprises! 

At the conclusion of our stroll, we will be escorted into the world renowned, Commander's Palace Restaurant for a delicious five course meal, and includes wine, cocktails and hor d'oeuvres in the beautiful Coliseum Room! Barring any allergies and aversions, which will be dealt with as necessary, our menu will be:

  • Shrimp and Tasso Henican—a wild caught Louisiana Gulf white shrimp that has been butterflied and stuffed with in-house cured ham and tossed in a Crystal hot sauce Beurre blanc sauce, then placed upon a five-pepper jelly and topped with pickled okra and red onions.
    Commander's Classic Turtle Soup au Sherry
  • A Crispy Romaine Salad with Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses, pressed eggs, smoked bacon, French bread croutons topped with a creamy cracked black pepper and buttermilk dressing.
  • Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish topped with Champagne poached, jumbo lump blue crab meat and spiced pecans upon a bed of crushed corn sauce.
  • Tournedos of Black Angus Beef with whiskey smoked onions, roasted mushrooms, smashed new potatoes and glace de viande.
  • For dessert, a Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé served with warm whiskey cream sauce.
  • Tea, coffee, and sodas as well as white and red wine or cocktails included

Cost for this tour
Tour of Garden District with Commander’s Palace Dinner$225 per person (taxes and 20% gratuity for service team has been included in this price)
Tour of Garden District without dinner—$45 per person

Payment details
Cash and check are accepted at the beginning of the tour. Electronic payments on PayPal at Merchant Account ID - VQQQW9JQDL6WQ

Registration deadline and space limitation
Advance registration is required. The deadline to register for optional tour #1 is Friday, August 31, 2018.

Space is limited. The event is available on a "first come, first served" basis to the first 20 attendees who register by the deadline.  Again, to sign up for the tour, please email Jeremy Walton at JWalton@lla.la.gov.  

Optional Tour #2—New Orleans Music and Culture
Sunday, September 9, 2019

This is a walking tour that will showcase street performers, music venues, and cultural points of interest focusing on the French Quarter, Treme and Marigny neighborhoods. This tour will also examine how governmental regulations impact music and other cultural activity in New Orleans. The tour will begin on Royal St, where we will visit with street performers and discuss the challenges that performers face when regulated by multiple enforcement agencies and unclear ordinances. We will take a short walk to Rampart St to examine how regulations have stopped live music on that street, and then proceed to Treme to provide background on the development of New Orleans music. We will have a brief stop on Esplanade Ave to discuss current faced by neighborhood music venues, and end of Frenchmen St, an entertainment district grappling with how to regulate a huge influx of visitors in close proximity to a residential area.

The tour will include stops at several local bars. Please bring extra cash if you intend to buy drinks or tip any musicians/entertainers.

Total time: 2.5 to 3 hours. The tour will start outside the Hotel Monteleone at 4 p.m.

Cost for this tour
$25 per person (not including any drinks or tips)

Payment details
Cash, check, and credit card are accepted at the beginning of the tour.

Registration deadline and space limitation
Advance registration is required.  The deadline to register for optional tour #2 is Friday, September 7, 2018.

Space is limited. The event is available on a "first come, first served" basis to the first 25 attendees who register by the deadline. Again, to sign up for the tour, please email Jeremy Walton at JWalton@lla.la.gov


Registration Information Registration fees are:

Legislative Staff: $375

Legislative staff from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (special Host Office preauthorization required): $300

Spouse/guest cannot be billed to your legislature, chamber or legislative agency: $200

All others: $375

Daily fee: $200

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 Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Register by Fax
Fax a completed printable registration form to 303-856-2554

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

Register Onsite 
If you can't make the  registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Hotel Monteleone beginning Sunday, Sept. 9.

Spouse/Guest Registration
The ($200) guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Click To Register

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-856-2554 or e-mailed to NCSL Registration/Accounting. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationNOTE: The deadline for hotel reservations has passed.  Please contact Brenda Erickson or Jackie Zimmerman if you need assistance.

Please make your hotel reservations for the PDS at the Hotel Monteleone New Orleans by Aug. 10, 2018. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
Hotel Monteleone New Orleans
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, La. 70130 | Tel: 1-504-523-3341 or 1-800-217-2033

Book your room

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel arrangements.

If arranging hotel accommodations by phone, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL/NLPES conference to receive the negotiated rate per night.

  • Single: $165 (not including applicable taxes and fees)
  • Double: $165 (not including applicable taxes and fees)
  • Triple: $190 (not including applicable taxes and fees)​

Please note: Another hotel room rate may apply if you plan to arrive two days before the conference begins (before Sept. 8) or stay for a couple of days after the conference concludes (after Sept. 12). The special pre- and post-conference rate is $199 per night (not including applicable taxes and fees).

Travel Information

Travel Information

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her own travel arrangements.

If you need assistance booking air travel, contact:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT)

The closest major airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). This airport is approximately 16 miles from the French Quarter in New Orleans.

The Hotel Monteleone does not offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport. For more information about transportation from the airport to the hotel, visit the airport's ground transportation website.

General Information

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Brenda Erickson and Jackie Zimmermann 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. September weather in New Orleans typically is warm, with average daytime temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s and overnight temperatures in the 70s.

City Information
New Orleans offers much to explore. For example, did you know that Canal Street was once the widest street in the world? Visit the New Orleans tourism website for more information about the Crescent City, the birthplace of jazz.