Abstract Submission

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2018 Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference, Strengthening Communities: Promoting Resiliency in Youth and Families, taking place in Washington, D.C. on May 30-June 1, 2018.

Abstracts for this conference will be accepted in three categories: workshop sessions, panel sessions, and posters. Abstracts should emphasize ways that ACF grantees can strengthen their adolescent pregnancy prevention programming by increasing the resiliency of youth, families, and communities.

Submissions, regardless of category, should fall under one of five tracks. Prior to submission of an abstract, please review detailed descriptions of the tracks, including examples of topics that fall within each track, in this document.

Track 1: Program Implementation
Track 2: Sustainability, Organizational Capacity, and Management
Track 3: Vulnerable Youth
Track 4: Engaging Families and Communities
Track 5: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Issues
Track 6: Research and Evaluation

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Presentation Categories

Approximately 65 submissions will be accepted. Priority will be given to submissions that align with the theme of this year's conference, Strengthening Communities: Promoting Resiliency in Youth and Families. Presenters are welcome to submit multiple abstracts (e.g., a workshop and a poster, or multiple posters), but each abstract must be submitted separately using this abstract submission page.

All abstract submissions, including workshops, panels, and posters, are open to grantees and non-grantees.

Workshop Sessions
Workshop sessions are expected to be reflective of the theme and tracks of the conference. Workshops should provide attendees with tools, resources, and strategies that are applicable to participating ACF grantees. We recommend that workshop presentations be interactive or skills-based in nature, and include a variety of learning modalities that encourage active participation, such as case studies, guided discussion, audience interaction, and breakout groups. All workshop session submissions should assume a length of 90 minutes.

Panel Sessions
Panel sessions have 2 to 4 panelists, including a facilitator or moderator. The panel organizer is responsible for organizing the full 90-minute session and must secure the session's panelists and facilitator/moderator. Panel sessions are expected to be reflective of the theme and tracks of the conference. Panelists should provide attendees with tools, resources, and strategies that are applicable to ACF grantees. All panel session submissions should assume a length of 90 minutes.

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations are expected to be reflective of the theme and tracks of the conference. The poster session will be 90 minutes. Presenters are expected to remain with their poster during the entire session.

Additional Information

  • Commercial Messages: Presentations should not include commercial messages or inappropriate references to specific products, services, or commercial concerns.
  • Review Criteria: All abstracts will undergo a review by a panel of federal staff. The abstract selection process is expected to be highly competitive.
  • Submission Deadline: Complete the required information by January 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Abstract Notification: Notification of acceptance status will be communicated via email on or around February 20, 2018. Make sure that the email address you provide is correct and up-to-date.

Criteria for workshop, panel, and poster presentations

The following overall criteria will be considered when evaluating abstracts:

  • Relevance to the conference's theme and track areas
  • Presentation of new information that will help ACF grantees improve their adolescent pregnancy prevention programming and/or local evaluation
  • Potential to generate new knowledge and sharing about what has worked, what has not worked, and/or updates on current research
  • Practical tools, models, and/or templates shared that can be adapted for use
  • Practical application of concepts shared by presenters with real world experience
  • Potential to engage conference participants in dynamic and productive interactions
  • Diversity and innovation

Important Details

  • All presentation materials will be reviewed for content and formatting purposes. Presenters will be expected to submit complete draft materials for review by March 30, 2018.
  • Breakout sessions will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Poster presentations will take place on either Wednesday or Thursday. All presenters must be available during their assigned presentation time slot.
  • Abstracts must be submitted through the online form. Other forms of submission will not be accepted.
  • There is no registration fee for this conference. Presenters will be expected to cover all costs to attend, including travel, meals, and lodging.
  • All presenters must register for the conference.
  • All workshop/presentation materials must be 508-compliant and may be made available after the conference on the FYSB Exchange website.


Questions?

For general questions about the conference or registration please contact prepta@rti.org. For questions about submitting an abstract, please contact prepta-abstracts@rti.org.