2018 Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO

Call for Speakers

Thank you for your interest in speaking at the 2018 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference. The goal of the conference is to promote and support the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs that enhance healthy youth development. To support this goal, the Blueprints Conference provides 90-minute workshops focused on five objectives:

  1. Promote the use of evidence-based programs by providing information on the Blueprints model and promising programs. Information at a "basic" level is intended to provide introductory material to participants who may have little to no knowledge of the program and may be interested in program adoption. Information of an "expert" level is more salient for those persons already implementing the program, providing in-depth knowledge of program-specific implementation issues and challenges that may impact the sustainability of programs.

  2. Provide guidance, support and tools that enhance the adoption and implementation of evidence-based programs. Workshops may include the latest research or practice guidelines on implementation factors for success, program adoption and implementation strategic frameworks, integrating programs into existing systems, fidelity tools and guidelines, organizational challenges, building supportive environments and program champions, workforce development, website and database tools, etc.

  3. Promote policy strategies and effective leadership to champion and support evidence-based programs. Workshops may provide policy positions and strategies at a local, state and national level (e.g., statewide or local initiatives to implement a portfolio of evidence-based programs, reallocation of criminal justice dollars to prevention, effective strategies for disseminating information to key players, engaging and building support among key stakeholders such as politicians and state and local department administrators).

  4. Provide strategies for financing and sustaining evidence-based programs. Workshops may provide information on costs-benefits, innovative ways of financing and sustaining evidence-based programs, and sustainability planning tools.

  5. Promote research and establish a broad knowledge base on evidence-based programs that fully address population needs. Workshops may include science-based information on program adaptations for new populations or contexts, as well as research related to the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs.
Participants wishing to present are encouraged to submit abstracts which focus on one of the the five objectives. All applications (including abstracts and learning objectives) must be submitted via the online form below by Oct. 6, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Dec. 1, 2017.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance to one of the five conference objectives listed above.
  • Relevance to a practice, rather than scientific audience.
  • Advances research, knowledge and best practices regarding evidence-based programs, implementation issues, policy, financing and sustainability.
  • Proposal clearly describes the issues, policies, data, theories or tools to be presented.
  • Proposal clearly states at least two learning objectives.
Please note that since the Blueprints Conference has no outside funding and is supported only by registration fees and small sponsorships, speakers must be willing to pay for their own registration and travel costs. Also, we encourage a broad range of presentations related to supporting program implementation. This limits our ability to accept presentations describing evidence-based programs that have not been certified by Blueprints.

Online Speaker Proposal Form