2017 Conference

The Illinois CQI Community Invites You to the 3rd Annual CQI Conference: “In Pursuit of Quality: Data Literacy”

Register for the conference online here!

The 2017 CQI Conference will be held on November 7th and 8th at the iHotel in Champaign, Illinois and will feature a keynote address by Ann K. Emery.  Join us for two days of presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities focused on supporting the skills and tools needed to drive a cycle of improvement in your organization. Our theme, “Data Literacy” and the conference workshops/speakers will support your enhanced understanding of what this concept is, why it is important in CQI, and how to implement it in your day-to-day work. This conference is uniquely designed for human service professionals — primarily CQI staff — but it will also include leaders and direct service staff from community-based, academic and government settings. Possibly up to 10.25 CEU hours will be available at the conference. Registration is $125 before Sept 30th and $150 after October 1st. We are not able to issue refunds for cancellations after October 24th, 2017.

Sleeping Accommodations

The conference will take place at the iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 South First Street in Champaign.  A block of rooms has been secured there, at $122/night. Call them at 217-819-5000, or visit their website here to make your reservation using the group code: CQI17.

Alternatively, a block of rooms has also been secured nearby at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1501 S. Neil Street in Champaign, at $112/night. You may call them at 217-352-9970 or visit their website here to make your reservation using the group code: CQI17.

Questions?  Please email: CQICommunity@gmail.com.

Download 2017 Workshop Descriptions

Download 2017 Conference Schedule of Events


Join us as a Sponsor!

You are vital to the work that we do, and that’s why we would love to have you as a sponsor for this year’s conference. Our conference sponsors make the event a success each year, and we invite you to join in supporting us again or for the first time. We hope you will consider contributing to the vibrant CQI community in Illinois. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Amy Hiles in the Business Office of the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois: amyhiles@illinois.edu or 217-244-8464. Thank you for taking your time to consider becoming a sponsor for this year’s CQI Conference.

Sponsorship Levels

Level 1: Data Enthusiast – $250, includes one conference registration and recognition in the program.
Level 2: Data Champion – $500, includes two conference registrations and a half-page ad in the program.
Level 3: Data Scientist – $1,000, includes four conference registrations and a full-page ad in the program.


2017 CQI Conference Keynote Speaker: Ann K. Emery

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who equips organizations around the globe to visualize their data more effectively.

Within the past year, she led more than 60 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for more than 2,800 participants. Every training is customized for the client. Popular topics include data visualization best practices, dashboard design, and spreadsheet skills. Trainings range in length from 90 minutes to 3 days.

Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

Ann chairs the American Evaluation Association’s data visualization interest group, serves as an advisory member of the American Evaluation Association’s Potent Presentations Initiative, and is the past Secretary for the Washington Evaluators.

Prior to launching her own company, Ann measured the effectiveness of public policy projects at Innovation Network, managed a performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center, evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International, and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University.