Symposium to Explore Role of Training Evaluation in Context of Systemic Change

19th Annual NHSTES Back at UC Berkeley

Exploring the Role of Training Evaluation in Larger Systemic Change is the theme of the 19th annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium (NHSTES), which will be held May 24–26 at the Berkeley City Club near the University of California, Berkeley campus.

The symposium brings together invited national and international child welfare training evaluators from the human services to learn new methodologies, discuss evaluation strategies and issues, and craft research-based solutions to improve training quality and transfer.

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Anthony Hemmelgarn, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give the keynote. Dr. Hemmelgarn has been with the center for over 18 years and has played a substantial role in the development of the ARC (Availability, Responsiveness, and Continuity) organizational change strategy. He is the ARC Institute's leading specialist. In this role, he directly facilitates the implementation of ARC in organizations and trains and mentors others in the ARC process.

Well versed in implementation science, Dr. Hemmelgarn also develops and implements, and provides training on, organizational steps and processes to ensure successful implementation.


The University of California, Berkeley began hosting the NHSTES in 1998 to build knowledge in the then-emergent field of human services training evaluation. Beginning in 2011, academic institutions outside California have co-hosted the symposium. In 2015, the NHSTES was held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

CalSWEC co-sponsors the NHSTES with the California Department of Social Services and the National Staff Development and Training Association of the American Public Human Services Association.

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