The 9th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice

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Mark it down on your calendar. The 9th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice is just around the corner - May 20 & 21, 2013, in Chautauqua, NY.

The Conference is organized by:
Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care, supported by School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (The State University of New York) and sponsored by University at Albany, Rutgers University, New York University, and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Plenary Speakers
Plenary speakers include Gary Blau (Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Bruce Thyer  (Florida State University and also Editor of Research on Social Work Practice), Katharine Briar-Lawson (Dean, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany), Lynn Videka (Dean, Silver School of Social Work, New York University), Antoinette Farmer (Associate Dean, School of Social Work, Rutgers University), Nancy Smyth (Dean, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo),  Simon Gonsoulin (SAMHSA’s National Juvenile Justice Resource Specialist), and Minna Kivipelto (THL, Finland).

Conference Context and Themes
The focus of the conference is on evaluation research which has implications for practice, defined broadly to include mental health, social services, education, health and other human services. A major focus of the conference is to provide a platform for the many agencies participating in Chautauqua County’s Tapestry Local Evaluation. As in previous years, the conference also brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of countries, to share their experiences for studying effectiveness and processes in practice at micro or macro levels, providing evidence of the efficacy and value of practice, and striving to help practitioners improve their practice in response to changing needs and contexts. The theme of the conference “A Meeting place for Various and Complementary Approaches" emphasizes a desire to promote the integration of different methods, quantitative as well as qualitative, and approaches in evaluation for studying contexts, content, processes and outcomes of interventions. Thus, the conference carries on a tradition of international conferences on evaluation for practice that started in 1995 in Huddersfield (England), and then included conferences in Miami, with SSWR in 1998; Huddersfield again in 2000 and 2005; and in Tampere, Finland, organized by The Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Tampere and the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES; now THL) 2002 and in Pori, Finland in 2012 where more than 300 European, USA and other international presenters participated.

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Co-chairs of the Organizing & Review Committee:
Mansoor A. F. Kazi, Research Associate Professor, University at Buffalo; Patricia Brinkman, Commissioner Mental Hygiene, Chautauqua County; Rachel Ludwig, Project Director, Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care; and Nancy Smyth, Dean School of Social Work, University at Buffalo.

Instructions for submitting abstracts
You are invited to submit abstracts for 1) oral paper presentations (30 minutes, including discussion), 2) workshops (60 minutes), or 3) poster presentations. The abstracts for paper, workshop or poster presentations should be no more than 300 words, describing the purpose, methods, results and implications for practice. Please write your abstract using a word-processing programme. Name the file after your surname and send it as an e-mail attachment. The e-mailed abstracts should be sent to

Further information regarding the abstracts:

Information regarding registration, accommodation and other practical matters:


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