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.
A fundamental first step towards ending homelessness is assessing progress, so we can be confident that our actions are having the necessary impact.
Over time, the platform will allow you to compare data from different areas, letting you see where good work is being done to share practices, approaches and strategies.
Measuring indicators over time will highlight areas in which we're not making progress and where more attention is needed to drive prevention upstream.
Our shared vision is to prevent homelessness whenever possible or otherwise making it rare, brief and non-recurring. This allows us to focus on what matters most so that we can work together more effectively to end homelessness and achieve better results with the available resources.
The SHARE framework offers a birds-eye view of what it takes to prevent, and ultimately end, homelessness. It uses all of the data and measures that are currently available, as well as suggesting some new measures where appropriate. As a growing, iterative platform, there are significant gaps in certain action areas — especially 'Smart policy' and 'Ecosystem of services' — and work is already underway to fill in these gaps and provide updates.
Through a process of open consultation with all the UK governments, we worked with ONS to compare the drivers of homelessness with the academic evidence base to make sure the framework is both rigorous and helpful to users. ONS researched and compiled data sources and where there were data gaps, we considered whether to produce new statistics, outlining the options, constraints and rationale for further research.