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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
December 08, 2014
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Report cards are tools that communities use to measure and analyze their progress in ending homelessness. Report Cards usually build on the 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness by looking at what a community said they were going to do, gathering statistics to determine what has been done, comparing desired goals to actual outcomes and then analyzing and reporting on this progress.

Report cards are a method of accountability for the public...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
December 01, 2014
Categories: Solutions

According to the Institute of Development Studies:“Participatory monitoring and evaluation is not just a matter of using participatory techniques within a conventional monitoring and evaluation setting. It is about radically rethinking who initiates and undertakes the process, and who learns or benefits from the findings.”

That is,...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
November 24, 2014
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One of the best methods of determining progress is through the use of Point-In-Time (PIT) Counts. Alternatively referred to as “Street Counts”, “Homeless Counts” or “Street Needs Assessments” PIT Counts are a measure of the number of homeless people on a specific day (hence the point in time reference). This type of counting is known as “taking a snapshot” of the situation. Some communities do a strict inventory of beds and occupancy rates in homeless shelters. Other communities include...

York University
November 17, 2014
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Intensive Case Management (ICM) teams are a team-based approach that supports individuals through a case management approach , the goal of which is to help clients maintain their housing and achieve an optimum quality of life through developing plans, enhancing...

York University
November 10, 2014
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Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an integrated team-based approach designed to provide comprehensive community-based supports to help people remain stably housed. It is one of the most studied community programs in all of healthcare and has a very strong evidence base. Programs that follow the Pathways model typically offer intensive supports through ACT teams to address the needs of...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
November 03, 2014
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One of the leading causes of homelessness is system failures so preventing these from occurring is an important step in reducing and ending homelessness. While the system can fail in many ways the three biggest occur in child welfare, corrections and health care institutions. By focusing even on these three areas we will be able to prevent a large percentage of people from becoming homeless.

Child Welfare Systems:

While this system only directly...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
October 27, 2014
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Early Intervention/Secondary prevention is intended to identify and address a problem or condition at an early stage. In thinking about homelessness, this typically means strategies that target people who are clearly at risk of, or who have recently become homeless. This includes systems prevention, meaning working with mainstream institutions so we can stop the flow of individuals from mental health care, child protection and...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
October 20, 2014
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There is a popular parable, especially in healthcare, that explores the benefits of “upstream thinking” —the need to look at prevention, rather than just solutions—if we want to end social ills. Each telling of the story varies but essentially:

“Two people are standing at the edge of a river. All of a sudden a drowning child floats by and one person jumps in to save her. Then another child comes floating by and the other...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
October 06, 2014
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Media Folder: Media RootProgram evaluation combines both theory and practice and is used by organizations to gather information for planning, designing, implementing, and assessing results.

Effective program evaluation should...

York Universty
September 29, 2014
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