Office of Research and Evaluation 2019 Research Summit
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Call for Papers/Presentations

The Summit theme is Bridging Divides, Building Communities. Scholars, practitioners, and citizens working to improve the quality of life in communities may share a common goal but often diverge in their strategies. In part, this is due to different sets of expertise, perspective and experience. These differences can create counterproductive silos of effort. Transcending the boundaries of our own communities will be required if we are to create solutions to our most pressing problems. Please join us in a conversation about improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through national service and volunteering. We have much to learn about from each other!

Conference Tracks

CNCS’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Studies demonstrate that communities with strong civic engagement become more sustainable and vibrant places to live. Volunteering and national service can assist in increasing civic engagement and strengthening communities. To further our understanding of the role and impact of civic engagement and to better bridge divides and strengthen communities, the conference revolves around three major tracks this year.

Fostering Civic Engagement – What are the types of civic engagement in a community? How is civic engagement most effective in tackling local concerns and promoting the quality of life in a community? How does one foster civic engagement in different local contexts and with different populations?

Approaches to Assessing Community Impact – How do we measure community impact? What kinds of methods do we have at our disposal to learn about community circumstances and impact from volunteering and civic participation?

Outcomes from National Service and Volunteering – What are the current findings on impact from national service and volunteering? What are the outcomes on the community volunteer, the national service participant, grantees, sponsors, those served and surrounding communities?

Presentation Types

We invite you to share your expertise on bridging divides and building communities either as a scholar or a practitioner. Everyone has a skill to share so we are allowing for a variety of presentation types. For each one, please select the presentation type, include a title, names of presenter(s), affiliation, a short (100-150 words) description for the program, and a longer abstract (300-500 words).

Within your longer abstract please include:
  • Brief description of your proposed presentation including background of the study or community, objectives or research questions, and outcomes (or expected outcomes) of your project
  • How your presentation hits on the theme: Bridging Divides, Building Communities
  • How it fits into one of the tracks
    • Fostering Civic Engagement
    • Approaches to Assessing Community Impact
    • Outcomes from National Service and Volunteering
  • One thing you hope the audience learns
  • One action you hope the audience will take after learning from you

Below you will find the summaries of the types of presentations available and any specific requirements for the submission.

Individual presentation - These presentations can include delivering a paper about a study or other project that is at or nearing completion to share findings/evidence across a broad learning community

Panel - Papers or presentations with a common theme, method, or issue, or other community outcome (3-5 presenters per panel including your moderator or discussant (if desired)). Please submit only one abstract for the panel. In the abstract, include a brief description of each presentation.

Roundtable – A roundtable submission includes delivering a paper or other project that is still in development. A roundtable presentation will be an opportunity to describe a study or project you are working on and elicit feedback from the other roundtable presenters and participants.

Workshop – Do you have skills or project experience that you would like to share with other attendees? Please include in your abstract: the intended audience, the learning goals for your workshop, and whether you prefer a one- or two-hour workshop.

Poster – Do you have a completed project or interesting preliminary findings that would be interesting if shared visually? Feel free to try something innovative. For one idea, watch this video: NOTE: You are responsible for delivery of your conference quality poster before the start of the Summit on September 17th for display during both days.

Informational session/table – Do you have a program or other resources that contribute to civic engagement, national service, or volunteering? Submit them under this category.

Additional Opportunity for Submission: Multimedia

Multimedia – To facilitate representation emerging from different communities, you are also welcomed to submit photographs, videos, art, or music related to one of the tracks that you or your community has created. They will be on display throughout the conference. Please submit a clip or photograph along with your abstract.

Tell Your Story

We invite you to share your story about how you have built your community by bridging divides among scholars, practitioners, and residents. We will be video recording your stories throughout the Summit.

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Important Dates

Submission Closing Date: July 22, 12:00 pm, PST - EXTENDED TO JULY 28, 11:59 pm, PST
NOTE: Given the tight timeline, no extension will be offered, please submit by the closing date for consideration.
Decisions: You will hear from us by the end of second week of August.