RESEARCH LABORATORY 2021
CALL FOR FACILITATORS (Presenter)

Facilitator Submission Deadline

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As a Coach / Trainer you are often called upon to share your expertise in applying methods and techniques.  Through a combination of presentation and hands on simulation, you attempt to pass on enough working knowledge for participants to attempt to use it on their own.  Do you have what it takes?  Click the link below to find out how becoming a Workshop Facilitator at our June 2021 conference gives you the chance to share what you know with the rest of the community.

Countdown to APLN Research Laboratory 2021

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Review the available Research Opportunities from the list below to learn about the various Client Partners, and the Challenge they are seeking solutions for.  As you do so, ask yourself:

1. Do you know of a technique or method that could help diagnose or even solve one or more of their issues?  Do you have experience doing that in a virtual classroom?

2. If so, please consider volunteering to share that technique with the conference participants in a virtual “hands-on” workshop!

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Workshop Facilitators should provide the theory behind the proposed technique and are expected to provide a generic exercise that the participants can use to learn the basics of applying that technique.

Research Topic #1

As a large organization with complex product architectures that reflect our matrixed corporate structure,

We want to shorten the lengthy lead times (which we believe are a result of our complex communication pathways),

So that business and technology teams are optimized for fast flow and can deliver product more efficiently.

Hypothesis 1 - per a reverse application of Conway’s Law, a simplified product development structure will drive a simpler architecture and would result in reduced lead times.

Research Topic #2

As a mission driven and community focused organization continually seeking ever better  outcomes for our constituent population, 

We need to craft and communicate a compelling story that resonates and inspires action from a donor community aligned with our mission,

So that we can garner sufficient financial support to allow us to attract, recruit and retain the highly skilled staff needed to deliver optimal outcomes.

Research Topic #3

As an agency serving multiple communities through regional teams with slightly different programs aligned to a common mission,

We need to create an organizational culture that improves communication and collaboration across multiple work locations and the program portfolio,

So that there is transparency and awareness of all that is going on in the organization as well as provide the opportunity to share existing services across locations.

Research Topic #4

As a social services organization working with highly traumatized youth placed in our care,

We need to manage the inherent risks that accompany these youth by balancing our mission of working with them while managing the agency's reputation,

So that we can avoid or mitigate the associated risks and maintain our status as a beacon in the communities we serve.

Research Topic #5

As an organization providing programs and services that are generally grant-funded,

We need to stabilize the funding of programs we provide independent of the cycle of a grant,

So that we can avoid the risk having to lay off staff and terminate critical services to children and families when grant cycles expire.

Research Topic #6

As an organization with a shrinking pool of employment candidates, in an industry that faces an incredible workforce crisis due to the complexities associated with the mission,

We need to improve recruitment, interviewing, onboarding and retention strategies,

So that we can remain operational and continue delivering positive outcomes.

The Call for Speakers & Workshop Facilitators has begun.

Consultants have a robust set of tools at their disposal to assist in solving client problems.  Are you an expert using a technique that could prove instrumental in satisfying the needs of one of our Client Partners?  This is your chance to share your expertise with the rest of the conference attendees.  Submit a workshop proposal.

Workshop Submission Deadline: May 14, 2021

If your speaker / workshop proposal is accepted, you will be assigned a timeslot for your event to take place sometime during the 3-day conference.  

Speaker & Workshop Facilitators will receive a complimentary ticket to the conference.  (If you’ve already paid, your registration fee will be refunded).  As a ticketed attendee you will also have the same opportunities to take part on a research team.