Publications

View our published findings to find out more about what works
We collaborate with partner organisations to help address the gaps in our understanding of homelessness by generating and synthesising evidence and identifying where new research needs to be commissioned. To date we have published a large body of randomised control trials, systematic reviews, policy papers and even a book to help bring better evidence to the sector.
Research is a behaviour change exercise  

We produce practical research for policymakers, practitioners and funders alike, so that all levels of our sector can be better informed. 

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Prevention
What Works Evidence Notes: Prevention
Homelessness prevention has become an increasingly important part of addressing homelessness in the UK and a number of countries across the world, including the US, Finland, Canada, Australia and Germany. This paper provides an overview of the evidence on the success of interventions for preventing homelessness.
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Health
What Works Evidence Notes: Drugs and Alcohol
This paper provides an overview of the evidence on the relationship between homelessness and substance and alcohol use. It captures recent trends and identifies what we know about what works for whom. We conclude with some initial thoughts on implications for policy and practice.
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Financing
Housing for people on low incomes - how do we make the best use of government subsidies in England?
A policy paper written in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing assesses whether better value for money be achieved by redirecting some of the £30.6bn which is currently spent on housing benefit and the housing element of universal credit.
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Services
Improving access to health and social care services for individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness
A report in collaboration with Campbell UK & Ireland, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation and Queens University Belfast which examines the evidence on interventions which improve access to health and social care.
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Legislation
Women, homelessness and violence: what works?
A policy paper in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research exploring gender-based approaches to homelessness policy.
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Communication
Evidence and framing: public perceptions and homelessness
A survey conducted in partnership with Ipsos MORI
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Accommodation
Summary: Encouraging landlords to let to people receiving benefits and at risk of homelessness.
Report summary
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Accommodation
Encouraging landlords to let to people receiving benefits and at risk of homelessness
Two randomised controlled trials undertaken in partnership with The National Residential Landlords Association and the Behavioural Insights Team.
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Other
Evidence and Gap Maps Implementation: Second Edition
The updated 2021 edition shows 275 studies on why interventions to improve the welfare of people experiencing homelessness or at risk work or not.
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Other
Evidence and Gap Maps: Effectiveness v3
This report is the third edition of the report which presents the findings from the first of these maps, that is the evidence and gap map on effectiveness. This edition includes 134 additional studies, bringing the total number of studies included in the map to 394. It also includes a network analysis of study authors and their home institutions.
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Other
Impact Report 2020: Summary
A concise executive summary of The Centre for Homelessness Impact’s inaugural impact report, detailing the impacts and achievements from our first two years of work.
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Impact Report 2020
The Centre for Homelessness Impact’s inaugural impact report, detailing the impacts and achievements from our first two years of work.
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Accommodation
Accommodation: A systematic review
Accommodation-based programmes for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
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Communication
Ipsos MORI survey: homelessness and evidence 2020
Results from a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Centre for Homelessness Impact on public perceptions and attitudes towards issues relating to homelessness.
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Services
Discharge review
Discharge programmes for individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness: a systematic review
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Employment
Employment and Homelessness
A policy paper looking at employment and homelessness in the context of the new economy following COVID-19.
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Other
SHARE Framework v2
The SHARE framework sets out clear principles to inform how preventing and ending homelessness should be framed and assessed. It aims to take into account all relevant data, while also setting the highest standards for transparency and accountability when working to prevent or relieve homelessness.
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Other
Using Evidence to End Homelessness
This new publication gathers the insights and experiences of leaders in government, academia and the third sector to present new evidence-based strategies to end homelessness.
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Other
Better Data, Better Results
An options appraisal for a national data and monitoring system for street homelessness in Scotland
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egm part 1 version 2
Global Evidence and Gap Map of Effectiveness Studies. By Dr. Howard White and Dr. Ashrita Saran
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standards of evidence
A report which analyses the evidence standards and evidence used in 14 web based research portals. By Prof. David Gough and Dr Howard White
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egm part 2
A launch pad for strategic evidence production and use. Global Evidence and Gap Map of Implementation Issues Pt 2
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SHARE framework
A smarter way to End Homelessness. By Dr. Lígia Teixeira, Dave Russell and Dr. Tim Hobbs
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egm part 1
A launch pad for strategic evidence production and use. Global Evidence and Gap Map of Effectiveness Studies Pt 1
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Feasibility study
This feasibility study looks at the case for a new Centre for Homelessness Impact. The report is the culmination of a 6-month project and the Centre aims to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness by instigating a shift of resources to evidence-based solutions
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