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The National Association
of Planning Councils


NAPC is a national non-profit organization which seeks to improve the human condition through encouraging research-based community planning and action.

Planning councils bring people together to identify needs and work toward solutions, mobilizing community involvement, developing and coordinating services, advocating for informed decisions by funders and policy makers, and linking people with community resources. 

NAPC's annual conference builds knowledge and networks.

(Above: NAPC as a visual image...created by conference speaker Sunni Brown, BrightSpot Info Design)

NAPC is the national association that fosters the unique profession of community planning.
NAPC is committed to advancing the process of bringing people together
to identify needs and work toward solutions.

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NAPC Member Roundtable:
October 1 & 2, 2014, in Washington, DC

The May 2-4 NAPC conference in Toronto will not take place, due to some unanticipated conflicts. 

Instead, NAPC members are invited to gather in Washington, DC on October 1 (all day) and October 2 (morning) for a member roundtable featuring in-depth facilitated conversations with other members about our work and key issues of mutual interest.  Details soon! 

Location:  the National Human Services Assembly meeting room.

NAPC’s member roundtable is being planned in conjunction with the Community Indicators Consortium’s annual international Impact Summit, September 29 and 30 in Washington, DC – so NAPC members can experience an excellent conference as well as a time for dialogue with one another during one trip. 

Please mark your calendar, invite your staff, and plan to join other NAPC colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada for these valuable fall events.   

Here is CIC's summit announcement and call for presentations:
 
 


 



 

2014 CIC IMPACT SUMMIT

Washington DC - September 29-30, 2014

CIC will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at the 2014 IMPACT SUMMIT.  The CIC annual conference will offer all of the great features of our past conferences: inspiring keynotes, engaging presentations from leaders and peers that span the gamut of indicators work.  In addition, look for exciting interactive sessions in innovative formats, workshops, and the Impact and Leadership awards, recognizing outstanding work in the field.  The 2014 IMPACT SUMMIT will bring together indicator practitioners, think tank analysts, academics, funders, and data providers around the theme of storytelling. 

Call for Presentations

We invite stand-alone presentations, thematic panels, shorter stories and work-in-progress, that deliver best practices, new ideas, or lessons learned  across the spectrum of community indicators practice related to the theme of the conference: DATA - STORIES - IMPACT: Translating Indicators into Action Proposals are invited for presentations and interactive sessions which run the gamut of designing, operating, implementing, communicating, maintaining, and evaluating indicator systems in different contexts of policy and community impact. We especially encourage concepts that introduce path-breaking strategies and case studies, cutting edge technologies and processes, and examples that offer inspiration or ask the tough questions that we all should hear.  Review the guidelines and submit your proposal.

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The NAPC webinar series continues: 

May 28, Irv Katz - Reframing Human Services

Wednesday afternoon, May 28, for an hour and a half beginning at 3 pm Central time
 

Long-time NAPC colleague Irv Katz is CEO of the National Human Services Assembly.  The National Assembly is in the midst of a multi-year initiative on reframing human services.

“Human services organizations and programs sustain cut after cut, and they are rarely mentioned in the media or political arena.  We know that human services are a critical part of the fabric of community…yet, over and over again, we find that our efforts are unable to obtain the public support we need…  Rather than continuing to try to convince Americans using the same arguments and tactics,
we are…seeking a deeper understanding of WHY the support is not there...to identify the missing links needed for everyday people to make informed judgments over the allocation of public resources and prioritize human needs on the national agenda.” 

In this webinar, Irv will describe this important initiative and ways NAPC organizations might get involved. 

Learn more about the reframing initiative
here, and subscribe to receive updates here


July 23, Peter Cappelli -- Why Good People Can't Get Jobs

Wednesday afternoon, May 28, for an hour and a half beginning at 3 pm Central time

 

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-’90, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. Professor Cappelli has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in management and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources. He serves on Global Agenda Council on Employment for the World Economic Forum and a number of advisory boards.

Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. These publications include The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships, Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen), and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His 2010 book Managing the Older Worker (with Bill Novelli) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs (2012) identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and has been excerpted in Time Magazine (online) and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most major business publications. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review.


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The NAPC Webinar Series, archived

To help members be connected and informed year-round, NAPC is presenting a series of free webinars on some high-interest topics identified during the annual conference.  Staff, board members and community colleagues of member organizations, and other interested people, are welcome to participate.  Webinars take place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central time.
 
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Looking back...2013-14 NAPC webinars, available online:

March 19, 2014...Heidi Shierholz, The State of the Labor Market
 

Heidi ShierholzEconomist Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) is one of NAPC’s all-time-favorite conference speakers.  Heidi discussed highlights from her January 2014 issue brief, “Great Recession’s Shadow Looms Over the Labor Market,” and implications for our members’ work.  Read the report here, and learn more about Heidi and her work here

 

 

 


View her PowerPoint
here, and listen to the recorded webinar here.
 

 

November 20th, 2013...Streamlining the Government Procurement Process
The government contract is often the foundation of nonprofit funding, and also a source of great frustration for an organization; antiquated systems, lost paperwork, and duplicative reporting take time and resources away from programs.   New York City and State have made great strides to ease the burdens on nonprofits through streamlining the procurement and contracting processes. This webinar will take you through the new systems that reduce paperwork, centralize functions, and put most of the procurement process online in one system for easy use.
  Presenter:  Michelle Jackson, General Counsel for the Human Services Council (New York City).  Michelle has helped advocate for and partnered with both the City and State on these systems and will present how they work, how they relieve burdens on nonprofits, and how your organization can advocate for similar changes.

 

You can link to the Council's website here:  www.humanservicescouncil.org

The City system here:  http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhsaccelerator/html/home/home.shtml

And the State here:  http://grantsreform.ny.gov/

 

   View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here and here.

 

September 25th, 2013...Engaging the Community for Lasting Change

Creating the change you need in a community often requires mobilizing both the "usual suspects" as well as the unusual ones. In this webinar, Ben describes how different communities have reached out to the seldom-heard to create more powerful voices for change.

Video: http://youtu.be/jET6IWp1Iag The webinar showed innovative ways to reach out and engage all members of the community to build and sustain momentum for community improvement.  Presenter: Ben Warner, President & CEO, JCCI - Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida).  He is a top expert and leader in our field.  Ben is a past president of NAPC, a frequent and outstanding conference presenter, and winner of NAPC's Distinguished Service Award. 

     View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here.

July 24, 2013...Introduction to the Affordable Care Act: Are You Ready?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law and is going to stay! Since the Affordable Care Act  was signed in March 2010, we have seen numerous changes in healthcare, and we can expect to see even greater changes in the coming months, particularly in how we obtain health insurance coverage. Planning Councils around the country have an unprecedented opportunity to partner with their communities to ensure that everyone knows how to get the coverage they need.  The beginning of enrollment:  October 1st.  Learn about the array of health coverage options and how planning councils can prepare.  Presenter: Candace King, Executive Director, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform (Illinois); Vice President, NAPC

     View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here


May 22, 2013...Changing the Frame on Needs Assessments
"The paradigm has been needs assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  However, the requirement has been to have evidence-based practice models for implementation.  To determine if the EBP may be effective in your community, one must start with exploring whether the indicators of the EBP are evident in your community.  Overlaying a model, no matter how promising the results, into a community without similar indicators makes it unlikely to be successful.  Two models focused on prevention were explored--social determinant and adverse childhood experiences--in demonstrating the EBP to indicator approach."  Presenter: Jan Figart, MS, RN, Associate Director, Community Service Council, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (NAPC has honored Jan with the Judith Rothbaum Award for Excellence in Using Social Indicators for Community Action.)

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Looking back...

The 2013 NAPC Conference: April 4-7
Community Planning at the Intersection of People and Places

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.,
and the
Embassy Suites, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The conference was outstanding!
Sincere thanks to all the speakers, planners, and participants.

Enjoy speaker presentations, interviews, and conference photos

 

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NAPC appreciates our Board members

 NAPC's officers and Board members

Incoming President Vanessa Sarria (left) thanked outgoing President Suzanne Puryear
at the Annual Meeting

Video:  Vanessa recognizes Suzanne


Board members gathered in Chicago November 2-3, 2012
for a productive and enjoyable planning session--taking a new look
at NAPC and its work, and developing a strategic plan through 2015.



Back row: Kate Hanley, Karen Wulfkuhle, Jacqueline West, Ben Kirby, John Campey.
Front row: Candace King, Vanessa Sarria, Denise Groesbeck, Kathy Schlather.

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T
he NAPC Judith Rothbaum Award

Recognizing excellence in using social indicators for community action

Congratulations to Mary Dodd,
latest recipient of the NAPC Judith Rothbaum Award!



Mary was honored for her work at the Community Action Network (CAN) in Austin, Texas.

Kathy Schlather (left) presented the award at the NAPC annual meeting May 5th,
during the 2012 NAPC conference, where Mary's work was featured.

Video of the presentation and Mary's response

Read more: 
Mary Dodd and past honorees   Judith Rothbaum, her work, and the award

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About community planning and planning councils: 

   Quality community-based planning


   Planning councils' values, core competencies, roles, history

   Community building: the contribution of community planning councils

   Ten key principles ... shared by retiring long-time member Ed Schoenberger

  
2012 survey results about NAPC members' work - updated
 

About the National Association of Planning Councils:  

   NAPC News ... recent events, activities and plans, coming events, services, links

   NAPC Members ... contact information and links to members' websites

   Testimonials ... what our members value most about NAPC

   Join NAPC! ... benefits and membership categories; 2014 Membership Form

   NAPC Distinguished Service Award Honorees

   NAPC Social Indicators Report 2006; 2005 
  
Measuring What's Important; Making a Difference...Social Indicators
   as Tools for Community Action

   Support NAPC  .  NAPC Brochure  .  NAPC E-Newsletter: subscribe

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The NAPC member survey

Many thanks to those who have already participated in NAPC’s telephone survey, as members Greg Arcaro and Louise Stalzer are talking with NAPC member organizations about their most promising programs, challenges, innovative approaches for increasing revenue, and future plans.  We hope all members will participate before the process concludes at the end of March—with results to be shared afterward.  Please contact Greg at cpcyonkers@yahoo.com or Louise at lstalzer@optonline.com to schedule a time for your survey conversation

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Join NAPC!

Membership benefits and categories   2014 Membership Form


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NAPC
E-Newsletter

Please subscribe by sending NAPC your name and email address.

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Some NAPC initiatives:

Annual conference - 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; past conferences

Surveys and information exchange
The 2013-14 phone survey is now under way

Judith Rothbaum Award  Read more
Recognizing excellence in using social indicators for community action

NAPC Forward / emerging leaders
Focus:  engaging and connecting tomorrow's leaders in community planning, and assuring an excellent future workforce in our field

Recruitment and retention of a mature workforce for the nonprofit sector
Background and report

Topical conference calls
Latest topic:  Disaster Preparedness for Organizations and Communities 
Online: 
materials and resources on disaster preparedness

Consulting services...available to members and other organizations
 

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Looking back...NAPC's past national conferences:

NAPC's 2012 Conference - May 4-6, 2012
Embassy Suites - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Community planning leaders and practitioners from across the U.S. and Canada
gathered to learn from top experts and exchange real-life experiences and insights.

Program, speakers, presentation and videos    More conference photos


 
NAPC welcomed community planning colleagues from Ontario, Canada (above).


2011 Conference - Alexandria, Virginia - April 15-17
"Communities in Transformation"
The economy...health care...immigration...the nonprofit sector...and more" national updates and what local communities are doing.
Videos of sessions and speaker interviews  .  Blog posts  .  Tweets  .  Photos  . 
Speakers' PowerPoints 
 .  Speakers' bios & photos
  .  Flyer

2010 Conference - Alexandria, Virginia - April 16-18
"Community Planning for the New Normal"

2009 Conference - Austin, Texas - March 2-4
"Community Planning in Turbulent Times...Staying On Top when the Bottom Falls Out"

More information...speaker presentations...conference photos

2008 Conference - Clearwater Beach, Florida - May 7-9
"Global Trends, Local Impacts"
Online photo albums:
conference, annual meeting/member recognition

2007 Conference - Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 3-5
"Making A Difference and Making It Stick: The Challenge of Building Community Infrastructure for Sustaining Positive Change"

2006 Toronto Conference
NAPC members joined planning council colleagues from all across the U.S. and Canada for NAPC's first international conference, co-sponsored with the Social Planning Network of Ontario.   

2005 NAPC/Community Indicators Consortium Conference, Washington, DC

Other NAPC c
onferences:  2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 

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Happy 20th Anniversary, NAPC!
Founding members Nancy Findeisen and Phil Dessauer
described NAPC's early history and led the anniversary celebration.

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