2024 Convening

Join us in Tempe, Arizona for our Second Annual Convening!

The States for the Future Annual Convening will be an opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate with like-minded organizations that are leading policy conversations in their states with data and research. The convening will be held March 4-5, 2024 at the Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown in Tempe, Arizona. 

Building on the success of our inaugural convening in January 2023, attendees can expect to gain insights through a series of presentations from experts and facilitated discussions amongst each other. The Convening is organized around three themes:

  • The role of the state & data-driven solutions
  • Getting smarter: Doing our work & understanding the issues
  • States for the Future: Collaboration, learning, and next steps

Agenda highlights

Plenary Sessions 

  • States & the Current State of Democracy
  • Balancing Act: Providing Trusted Information as Nonpartisan Organizations
  • Foresight & Solutions: Planning for our State’s Futures in Uncertain Times
  • Collaborating with Partners Toward Common Priorities: Arizona Progress Meters
  • States for the Future: Leveraging our Network for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Breakout Sessions

  • Get Smarter: Water & Energy
  • Get Smarter: Healthcare Access & Affordability
  • Get Smarter: Housing
  • Get Smarter: Education & Workforce
  • Starting Out & Scaling Up
  • Data Products 101
  • Storytelling & Communications 101
  • Policymaking Process 101

Who will be in attendance?

This is a small, invitation-only event that will provide a rare opportunity to learn alongside and share meals with individuals in similar roles in different states. Registered attendees include senior leadership from nonprofit, data-driven policy organizations, staff from state offices, researchers from institutes of higher education, and thought leaders from national organizations.

We encourage you to use this event as an opportunity for organizational and state ecosystem planning related to bringing data and research into policy conversations. The convening venue will remain open after the closing session to offer organizations space for team or state planning.

Attendees at the 2023 convening in Dallas, Texas

Event logistics

States for the Future will provide food and lodging to all attendees, who must only cover the cost of their travel to and from the meeting location. Hotel rooms are available to meeting attendees on the nights of Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4. Sessions will begin the morning of March 4 and end midday on March 5. We encourage out-of-town guests to arrive on Sunday, March 3 in order to take full advantage of our sessions together—we will host an optional dinner the evening of March 3 for anyone able to join (more details forthcoming). Please email info@statesforthefuture.org if travel costs are prohibitive to your attendance.


Convening Location

Located in beautiful Tempe, Arizona, the Canopy by Hilton Downtown Tempe (108 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281) is in the heart of the city and offers close proximity to the area’s attractions.

Questions? Email info@statesforthefuture.org