One year ago, CHI launched to act as a catalyst for evidence-led change in homelessness. Throughout our setting up phase we’ve tried to manage the Centre differently, to enable an atmosphere of creativity, rigour and entrepreneurship. This helped us provide groundbreaking free Evidence Tools for those working in and around homelessness that put evidence at their fingertips, which over time will form a vital infrastructure to end homelessness effectively.
Now the time has come for the organisation to consider its medium to long term future. Today we release our first-ever strategy, looking ahead at how we will drive change in the next 5 years. Our aim is to act as a platform for a broad community of practice looking to achieve lasting change. The strategy sets out what we will do, and how we will work with others, to make a decisive move towards ending homelessness for good.
Our ultimate end goal is to to create a society in which any experience of homelessness, where it cannot be prevented, is rare, brief and non-recurring. We know that this is an ambitious goal and that lasting change will require collective efforts across a complex system and addressing root causes, not just symptoms.
The strategy features snapshots of the types of projects we will be doing, some of which are already underway. The examples represent just a small slice of what we’ll be doing to achieve lasting change. We’re just getting started.
As a member of the What Works Network we know that to drive lasting change it is vital to work across the evidence ecosystem, producing, synthesising, implementing and mobilising evidence. Building on what we have learned in our first year, we will push the envelope in all of these areas in our ultimate goal of making the use of data and evidence a ubiquitous tool for tackling homelessness.
We’re looking toward the future with enthusiasm. The evidence is clear: better use of data and knowledge accelerates impact. In the next 5 years, CHI will continue to optimise new and existing programmes by partnering with organisations and individuals, and move beyond developing a proof of concept to focusing even more on creating a society that leaves no one behind.
The impact of providing people housing outside their local area: An Evaluation of HomeFinder UK
Find out more about our plans for evaluating HomeFinder UK and how it will enable us to better understand how approaches to out of area moves impact people.
What can universities do to prevent homelessness?
What has homelessness got to do with universities? The responses to this question may range from a puzzled shrug to an emphatic ‘nothing’. Is not ending homelessness the responsibility of the state, some will ask? The prevalence of homelessness tends to be higher in university towns and cities, in some cases strikingly so.
Could universities do more to prevent homelessness?
Universities should do more to track and prevent homelessness among their students and can play a significant, wider role in supporting efforts to end all forms of homelessness, our latest policy paper published in partnership with the Higher Education Policy Institute argues.