September 24, 2020
The Centre for Homelessness Impact is recruiting local authorities to join their What Works Community: Local Government initiative which will focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.
The Centre for Homelessness Impact is the What Works Centre for ending homelessness, and focuses on achieving a sustainable end to homelessness through the use of data and evidence. It is inviting local authorities who are interested in using these methods to improve outcomes for those living in their borough to take part in an online programme lasting six months.
Starting in 2020, the What Works Community: Local Government initiative will expand to support 30 local authorities across the UK with expert assisted learning from the fields of behavioural insights, design thinking and data-informed decision making. Participants in the intensive learning experience will benefit from guided learning, one-on-one support with the Centre’s staff and a community of peers to share with and learn from.
Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from academic experts and thought leaders on homelessness from around the world. The centre will provide a range of digital resources including practical tools, videos and case studies to enhance the learning experience, which will be available at the participants convenience. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the programme will be run online, allowing flexibility for participants and removing geographical barriers.
Those who commit to the full programme can benefit from a range of support types including the open community, a peer-led environment, exploring data and evidence-driven approaches through tools, templates, events and facilitated networking. There is also an opportunity to take part in our evidence accelerator programme – an intensive 6-month, expert-led learning journey aimed at building a data and evidence culture across an entire organization by working with leaders and core teams in local authorities.
The programme aims to develop a culture of continuous innovation for local authorities from all nations in the UK, with methods and experiences that can be applied to their wider operations. Local authorities are encouraged to send team members of any level, whose role focuses on homelessness and housing and is confident leading change in their organisation.
The Community follows a successful pilot programme which took place in 2019 with our founding partners at East Ayrshire, Southend-on-Sea and Pembrokeshire. The pilot teams’ programme focussed on tackling local issues in the private rented sector.
Dr Ligia Teixeira, founding Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact said
Helen Merriman Neighbourhood Manager at East Ayrshire Council told us:
Sarah Ivinson, Social Services and Housing Project Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council said:
Nicola O'Keeffe, Senior Project and Policy Officer (Housing & Social Inclusion) Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, said:
To get involved in the programme, local authorities are invited to submit an expression of interest by Friday 16 October. The Centre team will review submissions and will follow up to gather additional information. Applications will be prioritised for organisations that demonstrate a strong desire to build a culture of developing their policies based on what works.
Download the What Works Community: Local Government initiative brochure for a detailed look at the programme, and fill out this form to express your interest.