Gendered approaches have been neglected for too long within housing policy. It's time for a new approach.
Leanna Fairfax has experienced first-hand the lack of consideration for women experiencing homelessness and violence, here she discusses the importance of a gendered approach to homelessness and housing policy.
August 2, 2019
Impact Forums 2019: The Prevention Imperative
Why paying greater attention to prevention is the only way we can end homelessness sustainably.
July 15, 2019
Insights from our Impact Forums 2019
As our inaugural Impact Forums come to a close, we’ll be sharing key insights from the events and reflecting on where the What Works movement in homelessness goes next.
June 4, 2019
Launching our new strategy for ending homelessness for good
Later today we will release our 5-year strategy. Our CEO Dr Ligia Teixeira outlines our ambitions and how we will drive lasting change.
June 3, 2019
The What Works Network welcomes the Centre for Homelessness Impact as a new member
The National What Works Advisor, Dr David Halpern has welcomed the Centre for Homelessness Impact as a new member of the What Works Network. Its membership has also been backed by Communities Secretary RT Hon James Brockenshire MP, Ministers Kevin Stewart MSP and Julie James AM, and the Centre’s founding partners at Crisis and GHN.
June 3, 2019
We’ve joined the What Works Network, so what does that mean?
Today we celebrate joining the What Works Network. This blog by our CEO Dr Ligia Teixeira describes why we wanted to join the Network and what this means for us.
May 29, 2019
How could new metrics help to end homelessness?
Together with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) we have launched a consultation on a new set of homelessness indicators which aim to measure factors that influence homelessness, such as housing, poverty, and relationships to see how they change across the country. In a recent blog post, Dr Ligia Teixeira and Hugh Stickland, the ONS’ Head of Strategy & Engagement, explain how this project came about.
May 22, 2019
Scotland’s new system to track every person who is street homeless in the country
Today we release an options appraisal for a new data and monitoring system for street homelessness in Scotland. Our Director Dr Ligia Teixeira explains the aims of the study, what we found, and what happens next.
May 15, 2019
Our Intervention Tool now includes a new implementation section
How a policy or service is implemented on the front line can make or break an intervention. Our Intervention Tool, which summarises the reliable evidence for homelessness interventions, is designed to inform commissioners, policymakers and practitioners, and improve intervention strategies and implementation.
May 15, 2019
Five factors underpin good homelessness service implementation
A review of the implementation issues evidence from the Evidence and Gap Maps reveals that some barriers/facilitators apply across all homelessness interventions
April 25, 2019
The Homelessness Reduction Act: one year on
On 2nd April 2019, we joined forces with Solace and the District Councils Network to bring together Local Authority leads from across England to mark the anniversary of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act and identify 5 opportunities for evidence and data to be used to improve outcomes.
April 3, 2019
Putting people first: building a common vision for a new national data system for street homelessness in Scotland
In this post we describe our engagement and approach to undertaking an options appraisal for a new national data and monitoring system for street homelessness in Scotland.
March 20, 2019
Looking back at our first year + mapping 2019 with our Advisory Panel
We brought our Advisory Panel together to share the progress and learnings from our 1st year, get their input on key opportunities in the year ahead, refining our offer for local areas and seeking their guidance on where to build upon the evidence baseline in homelessness.
March 14, 2019
On having the confidence to change direction
Charlotte Turner, Head of Organisational Development at Social Bite and one of our Clore Social Emerging Leaders, reflects on her groups journey through their self-selected challenge and on embracing change in response to feedback.
March 6, 2019
Preventing premature deaths among people experiencing homelessness
This guest post by Dr Emily Tweed considers the latest developments in generating and linking data about health, homelessness and deaths and suggests what we might do to ensure that we have the evidence necessary to prevent unnecessary deaths in future.
March 4, 2019
Taking a closer look at the quality of evidence: releasing a new version of our Effectiveness map
Our effectiveness map now includes information of how confident you can be on the findings of the studies captured. CHI Senior Fellow and CEO of the Campbell Collaboration explains why it was vital to create this new version of the map.
March 1, 2019
Towards a harmonised definition of homelessness statistics
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland currently use different definitions of homelessness for their official statistics. We believe harmonised definition would improve the evidence and data infrastructure.
January 24, 2019
Brian Robson, from Homes England + one of our emerging leaders on responding to their self-selected challenge.
In this post one of our emerging leaders, Brian Robson, reflects on his teams journey through their self-selected challenge so far. They have chosen to look at allocation of existing housing stock.
January 15, 2019
The Centre welcomes Andrew Hudson as the new Chair of its Board
In this post discover more about our new Chair, his extensive background, what he brings to the Centre, and his commitment to accelerating progress towards ending homelessness with better use of evidence.
December 12, 2018
17 change-makers — their journey so far
In this post discover what the emerging leaders have been up to on the first two installments of the programme. Gain an insight into their challenges, design research and problem solving journey.
November 27, 2018
Don't design a system for people, without people
To inform the options appraisal for a new Scottish data and monitoring system for rough sleeping, we spoke to people with lived experiences of homelessness in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
November 26, 2018
Evidence standards in web based research portals
Today we release a report by leading experts Prof. David Gough (UCL) and Dr Howard White (Campbell Collaboration) that will help inform the evidence standards and evidence claims in the Centres Intervention Tool. Our director Dr Ligia Teixeira explains why.
October 24, 2018
The beginning: systematic reviews in homelessness
The Centre for Homelessness Impact is working with the Campbell Collaboration, Campbell UK and Ireland, Heriot-Watt and Cardiff University and others to develop the tools necessary for evidence-informed practice targeting or preventing homelessness.
October 15, 2018
Better use of evidence in policy-making: a local authority perspective
In this guest blog we hear from Glyn Halksworth, Head of Housing + Social Inclusion at Southend-On-Sea Borough Council on some key challenges that he sees to better use of evidence in policy-making – and what can be done about it.
October 11, 2018
Releasing the new Implementation Issues Evidence and Gap Map
Today we release a new Evidence and Gap Map (EGM) focusing on what factors influence the successful implementation of homelessness interventions. Our Director Dr Ligia Teixeira explains why this matters and how the EGMs provide a robust foundation we’re using to build a new infrastructure for learning.
October 2, 2018
What counts as reliable evidence in homelessness?
On Wednesday 26th of September we held a joint event on with our friends at the Alliance for Useful Evidence to explore what counts as reliable evidence in homelessness and how standards of evidence can help drive efforts in this space. Learn more about it and what happens next.
September 12, 2018
Better data, better results: an options appraisal for a new national data + monitoring system on rough sleeping in Scotland
To be able to test, refine, evaluate and improve our efforts to reduce rough sleeping, we need to be able to measure its key elements. This is why the Scottish Government have asked us to carry out an options appraisal for a new national data and monitoring system on rough sleeping. Learn more about the project here.
September 6, 2018
Centre for Homelessness Impact + CaCHE research priorities workshop
On the 6th September the Centre and CaCHE jointly held a workshop with the aim to create a shared Research Agenda to accelerate progress and improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness.
September 4, 2018
Making better use of evidence to end rough sleeping in England
A new strategy to end rough sleeping in England by 2027 is a welcome development. Dr Lígia Teixeira proposes three ways to improve the use of evidence in government to best ensure its vision is translated into reality and results in real and lasting change.
August 28, 2018
NEWS: Clore6 cohort announced
Today we are delighted to announce the details of our partnership with Clore Social Leadership in response to the need for stronger, evidence based approach to leadership within the sector.
August 23, 2018
What we talk about when we talk about systems
Thinking in systems is vital to accelerating the effectiveness of how we tackle homelessness. Our Senior Fellow Dr Tim Hobbs explains why.
August 21, 2018
How evidence can make the government’s vision to end rough sleeping on England’s streets a reality.
A new strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027 is a welcome development in England. Dr Lígia Teixeira reflects on the promise of evidence-based policy-making to best ensure the Government’s vision is translated into reality and results in real and lasting change.
July 20, 2018
Jigsaws of evidence: our puzzle
The Centre for Homelessness Impact’s evidence maps are part of putting together the evidence jigsaw for homelessness. Here are all the pieces of evidence. How do we fit them together?
July 11, 2018
Evidence Week: why reliable evidence matters
Reflections on Evidence Week, which brought together MPs, peers, parliamentary services and people from all walks of life from across the UK to talk about why evidence matters to them.
June 27, 2018
Creating our own Google Maps for homelessness
Ever wondered why we made our flagship tools? We know where we want the homelessness sector to be – making impactful decisions informed by reliable evidence. But how can we map the best route from A to B?
June 15, 2018
May 30 – the journey so far and our flagship tools event
On May 30 we brought an intimate group of change makers and leaders together in Edinburgh to celebrate the fact that we are now fully up, running and have launched the first iteration of our flagship tools. Here are reflections and a videos from the day.
May 17, 2018
Introducing the Homelessness Intervention Tool
Our Intervention Tool has been created to address the challenge of finding quick and reliable insights from the considerable body of evidence on what works in homelessness.
May 10, 2018
SHARE framework – announcing the first iteration.
We are offering the SHARE framework to those in and around the sector to help facilitate smarter conversations about ending homelessness.
May 3, 2018
Announcing our first Evidence and Gap Map on homelessness
By mapping gaps and global evidence, we are aiming to highlight ‘what works’ and create efficiencies for decision makers
April 18, 2018
How to make what works work: initial lessons from process evaluations
Previously successful interventions may fail if poorly implemented. It is common for programmes which attain successful pilots to fail to achieve the same impact once taken to scale. So, as well as mapping studies which tell us what works, we are mapping data from on what implementations issues arise.
April 9, 2018
Lessons from Open Demo Day
Explore learnings from sharing prototypes of our Evidence Tool at Open Demo Day in Edinburgh
April 5, 2018
Our story so far: pursuing evidence based impact
Learn more about how we are introducing people to our mission, approach and early projects. And imagine how much energy we might unleash if we applied the same rigour and meticulous testing to homelessness as they do in fields like aviation.
February 28, 2018
Advisory Panel workshop 2018
On the 12th of February we hosted the first meeting of our new Advisory Panel to share our plans for mobilising evidence in support of more effectively tackling homelessness. Here are reflections and videos from the day.
February 13, 2018
Evidence and gap maps: a launchpad for strategic evidence creation and use.
We are working with the Campbell Collaboration to produce a number of systematic maps of existing evidence. The first stage of this work has mapped 131 studies. Dr Howard White shares early findings.
February 5, 2018
How can foundations help accelerate progress towards a future without homelessness?
Working with foundations to help them take stock and to map out the future.
December 18, 2017
We're off the ground!
Funding secured by Crisis and GHN to launch our new centre in spring 2018. A note from director Ligia Teixeira on what that means and what we've got planned for the new year
December 18, 2017
What counts as good evidence?
We need an improved infrastructure to assess what works in the homelessness field. Ruth Puttick explains why adopting standards of evidence is a vital first step before we can ensure that policy-makers, commissioners and practitioners have evidence that supports effective work.
December 15, 2017
Can we end homelessness faster? New centre launches in 2018 to help accelerate the use of evidence in the sector.
Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) are pleased to announce the creation of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, with the support from philanthropist
December 11, 2017
The next big thing in preventing and tackling homelessness?
A piece from January 2017 - when the feasibility study was published and Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network announced their intention to create a new dedicated body to champion the creation and use of better evidence.