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APRIL 2018: 2018 West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference
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4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018
When: Friday, April 27, 2018

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Please note that submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference, hosted by the departments of Public Management and Sociology at Brigham Young University. This year’s data conference will feature several types of presentations, panels, and workshops, each focused on improving qualitative and quantitative data-driven research methodologies in nonprofit scholarship. Proposal types are described below.


Submissions are due by January 26, 2018.
All proposal submissions require an abstract of up to 500 words.
Applicants may submit multiple proposals.


1.       Research presentation proposals. Traditional nonprofit research proposals will be accepted for presentation at the conference, though papers will be selected based primarily on the quality and novelty of the data and methodologies they employ. While data and methods will be the focus of these presentations, we welcome papers that employ novel data and methods, not only papers that are exclusively about methods. A broad range of methods, substantive topics, and research stages are invited.

2.       Research panel proposals. Panel proposals should include a description of the panel, including a list of panel presenters and the titles of their presentations.

3.       Nonprofit data collaboration proposals. One advantage of meeting as a large group of data-savvy nonprofit researchers is the opportunity to form meaningful collaborations. We welcome proposals for presentation of large-scale, inter-collegiate research efforts. The authors of selected proposals will have time during the conference to “pitch” their projects to potential collaborators.

4.       Methodology workshop proposals. We welcome methodology workshop proposals for teaching and discussion of new methods or methodologies that are in less common use among nonprofit scholars.


The submission form can be found at:


For more information about the conference and the conference venue (or to view the call for proposals online), please visit the conference website at:

We look forward to seeing you in Utah!
Eva Witesman, Romney Institute of Public Management, BYU
Robert Christensen, Romney Institute of Public Management, BYU
Curtis Child, Department of Sociology, BYU

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