Training Evaluators Take Holistic Approach to Evaluating Professional Development

The 17th Annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium will be held May 20–22 at the Berkeley City Club on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It returns to Berkeley following last year's conference at the University of Pittsburgh.

The theme of the symposium is Building a Professional Workforce: Evaluating the Spectrum of Professional Development. This acknowledges the movement to a more holistic approach to evaluating professional development activities, encompassing not just training but multiple layers of workforce and organizational effectiveness strategies.

As in past years, the symposium will feature two Pre-Conference Institutes on Day 1, which will focus on specific training evaluation topics.

  • This year’s morning Pre-Conference Institute will be on Designing and Implementing an Effective Mixed Methods Evaluation.
  • The afternoon session will offer Presenting Data Effectively, Survey Design and Sampling, and Developing and Using Logic Models.

The invitation-only symposium attracts some 40 to 60 national and international training evaluators in the human services field with a focus on child welfare to share your evaluation struggles, ideas, challenges, and methodologies in an atmosphere of collaboration and support.

The symposium is sponsored by CalSWEC in conjunction with the California Department of Social Services and the National Staff Development and Training Association of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).

For more information

Tenia Davis,, Training and Evaluation Specialist