Alina Turner

Calgary, AB
Fellow, School of Public Policy at U of C
Organization/University:University of Calgary; Turner Research & Strategy Inc.

Alina was the Vice President of Strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the organization leading the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness until 2013 when she left to pursue consulting in the non-profit sector. Alina founded Turner Research & Strategy Inc. in 2013, a consulting company that provides research and strategy development support to advance social change. In this work, she supports communities with system planning, transitioning to Housing First, and ending homelessness, as well as research, strategic planning, program and organizational design. Alina is also engaged in strategic planning, policy development and academic research in the area of domestic violence, affordable housing, and immigration. Alina has a Doctoral degree at the University of Calgary focusing on migration and housing.


Data Collection

  • St. John’s Housing First System Coordination Framework, Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Model, and Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Model Development (End Homelessness St. John’s, City of St. John’s)
  • Havens Way Program Evaluation – Supportive Housing for Youth (Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Alberta Human Services)
  • City of Red Deer Homeless Serving System Planning Framework Development Support (City of Red Deer)
  • Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit (Eva’s Initiatives, Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness) 


  • Discerning ‘Functional’ and ‘Absolute Zero’: Considerations for Measuring an End to Homelessness Position Paper (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, University of Calgary School of Public Policy, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)


  • Women’s Recovery Housing Program Development & Business Plan (Calgary Dream Centre)
  • Safety Planning in a Housing First Context (Homeless Partnering Strategy)
  • Key Performance Indicators in Social Housing and Homeless Services (Medicine Hat Community Housing Society)
  • Fredericton Plan to End Homelessness (Community Action Group on Homelessness in Fredericton)
  • Alberta Youth Foyer Evaluation (Calgary & Edmonton) (Alberta Human Services, Justice Canada, Homelessness Partnering Strategy)
  • Case Study of Medicine Hat’s Approach to Ending Homelessness (Medicine Hat Community Housing Society)
Current Research Projects:National Point in Time Count (Canadian Homelessness Research Network), Medicine Hat Plan to End Homelessness (Medicine Hat Community Housing Society), Homeless Partnering Strategy Housing First restructuring (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness), Accessible Housing Society (Three Year Strategic Plan), Housing First Program Evaluation (University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, funded by the Homeless Partnering Strategy, Strategy development, research agenda and academic publishing (SHIFT - The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary
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