Call for Posters

2019 START National Training Institute


The Center for START Services is inviting submissions for poster proposals from members of the START Network for the 2019 START National Training Institute Poster Session taking place in Washington, DC on May 6th, 2019. Research posters should describe how tools and data are used to promote positive outcomes for individuals with IDD and mental health needs and demonstrate evidence-informed practices. Preference will be given to posters that focus on this years’ theme of “Value in Us All: Advancing Inclusive Practices” as well as those that utilize SIRS data and relate directly to the START model. Posters will be judged by a three panel committee of experts in the field of MHIDD. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on the morning of Tuesday May 7th prior to the Research Panel plenary session. Poster Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2019.


The poster session encourages informal discussions among training institute attendees about current projects, research, and program outcomes. Poster presentations provide an opportunity to share ideas and best practices that have promoted positive outcomes for the families and individuals your program supports. Winners of this year's poster sessions will be asked to present their research as part of the 2019-2020 START National Online Training Series.

Poster Requirements

All posters must at least include the following information. 1) Title, 2) All authors (and contact information for lead author), and 3) Abstract must be included in poster submission.

  1. Title
  2. Authors
  3. Abstract
  4. Data Graphics (SIRS data must be referenced)—START Network applicants: The use of SIRS data is strongly recommended; you can make requests for data to Ann Klein
  5. Outcomes

What Does It Mean to Be Evidence Informed? Evidence informed practice (EIP) means a commitment to ongoing data collection, evaluation and practice modifications based on what is learned in the field. A critical element of being evidence informed is the ongoing, collective learning and the sharing of knowledge across disciplines. EIP has been shown to promote positive changes and outcomes for individuals, families, communities and systems. It also assures that decision making is based on data gathered and supports the 3 A’s of START (accountability, accessibility and appropriateness).

Author Responsibilities

Author(s) must be available during the poster session to answer questions
Handouts of poster and abstract should be available during the poster session
START programs should have their Annual Report available at their table
Author(s) may also choose to present additional reports, data, journal articles, etc to support the presented outcomes
Author(s) are responsible for getting their poster and all other materials to the Training Institute