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.
Introducing the UK’s first programme of cash transfers to relieve homelessness
We are pleased to be taking part in a ground-breaking programme which will test out an intervention to support people impacted by or at risk of homelessness.
Smarter investments to end homelessness: what works?
In this moment of great change, if we are to achieve our shared ambition to end homelessness for good, we must use this opportunity to understand how to end it effectively and sustainably.