Submit your proposal for the 2019 conference

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The 2019 West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference (April 26-27 in Phoenix, Arizona) will be hosted by Arizona State University and the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, School of Community Resources and Development and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Proposal submissions are due by February 18, 2019.

In preparing for this 16th annual convening, we are keeping with the tradition of past conferences by encouraging a variety of types of presentations, panels and workshops that advance data-driven knowledge and conversation to improve qualitative and quantitative approaches to conceptual design, methodologies, analyses and interpretation of results in nonprofit scholarship.

This annual convening brings faculty, graduate students and researchers who study the nonprofit sector together to share and receive constructive feedback on both completed research and works in progress. The conference helps, in particular, doctoral students who present their work and ideas, regardless of the stage of their career, as they receive critical analyses of their research in a supportive and collegial atmosphere.

Given the location of the 2019 conference, it is hoped that individuals consider ways in which their work embraces one or more of the eight design aspirations of a New American University, a framework that has helped to inform approaches to scholarship engaged in by students, faculty and practitioners at/through ASU. Conducting use-inspired research, being socially embedded, fusing intellectual disciplines, transforming society and other considerations are some of the design aspirations. Of particular interest are sessions that reveal ways to incorporate such design features to realize the goals of nonprofit data research projects.

Individuals wishing to submit ideas may consider the framework noted above within the following formats:

Proposal categories

  1. Research presentation proposals. Traditional nonprofit research papers will be accepted for presentation and selected primarily on the quality and novelty of the data and methodologies employed. In keeping with the overall topic of this annual conference (a premium placed on nonprofit data and methods), papers that weave in novel design and methods involving any or all of the 8 design aspirations are encouraged (not required, but encouraged). We seek a diverse range of data methods and topics. While the focus is on nonprofit data and methods, specific focus on use-inspired research design and intended application of knowledge to practice are encouraged (not required, but encouraged). Works in progress (from conceptual formation to papers in progress that seek input before completion) are also welcomed.
  2. Research panel proposals. Panel proposals within the identified themes (above) should include a description of the panel, including a list of panel presenters and the titles of their presentations. Include how the suggested presentations add value to the overall conference theme and the ASU design focus for this year’s conference.
  3. Nonprofit data collaboration proposals. In keeping with past conferences (2018 in particular as hosted by BYU) we wish to build on the advantages of meeting as a cohort of nonprofit researchers, students and some practitioners as an opportunity to form collaborations. We welcome proposals for presentation of large-scale, inter-collegiate research efforts. The authors of selected proposals will be given time during the conference to “pitch” their projects to potential collaborators.
  4. Methodology workshop proposals. We welcome proposals from those who have informed insights about data and methodology to advance teaching in the nonprofit education field (and beyond). The discussion of new methods or methodologies that are in less common use among nonprofit scholars is valued at this conference.

Submissions are due by February 18, 2019. All proposal submissions require an abstract of up to 350 words. Applicants may submit multiple proposals. Notifications of acceptance will be sent around March 1.

For further information, please contact Robert Ashcraft, [email protected] or (602) 496-0500.

ASU Faculty Conference Team:

Robert Ashcraft
Mark Hager
Jesse Lecy
Laurie Mook
Lili Wang
Gordon Shockley