‘What Works’ in Homelessness Program Evaluation? Ask York and UVic Researchers!

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for KM pilot projects at York University and University of Victoria, the two institutions developed a competitive, adjudicated process for Faculty Incentive Grants for teams of researchers and their partners to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications. Here is a summary of one of these projects:

Drs. Stephen Gaetz (York) and Bernie Pauly (UVic) were Principal Investigators on a project designed to establish a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of programs that address ways of ending homelessness.  Their project activity included research and development of an evaluative framework, which resulted in a one-day workshop held on September 24, 2009 at York.  The workshop focused on reviewing the project findings, as well as discussing next steps.

The project team identified the following outcomes:

  • Completion of two literature reviews
  • Building research relationships between the two institutions
  • Strengthened links between academic researchers and community partners
  • Creation of new knowledge (evaluation, best-practices, KM framework)
  • Future KM planning in homelessness program evaluation
  • Completion of an application to the Homeless Partnering Strategy for October 2009
  • Supporting local program evaluation efforts through information sharing from literature reviews

Despite the tight timelines, the deliverables along with strengthened and (in some cases) expanded relationships have made this project a success.  In the words of the PI’s,

“We were successful in creating a functioning research team and creating the knowledge of program evaluation and best practices.”

“The two literature reviews were useful not only as a process for learning, but a key outcome are the summaries of this important work.  York is preparing a final report summarizing evaluation practices and UVic is developing a report highlighting best practices in ending homelessness and evaluation in the homelessness sector”.

3 thoughts on “‘What Works’ in Homelessness Program Evaluation? Ask York and UVic Researchers!

  1. Have these reports been issued and how can I get my hands on a copy? I am very interested in the outcome of this work.

  2. Thank you for the reply, Carroll. I will contact the Principal Investigators with your question and will ask they contact you directly. If you had any specific policy or program questions about homelessness research, please feel free to contact me and I would happy to help connect you to research and/or expertise on that topic.

    Michael Johnny
    Manager, Knowledge Mobilization
    mjohnny@yorku.ca

  3. Which community partners participated in this project?
    When will the reports be completed? Will they be made generally available?

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