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“I can’t wait to meet the other leaders and watch them go on the same transformational journey that our pilot team went on, which truly has the power to change how their organisations respond to homelessness and other complex issues.”
This year, the What Works Community will offer leaders at all levels in housing and homelessness the opportunity to join fellow practitioners in three week-long ‘Accelerator’ Evidence and Skills Sprints, a series of workshops where we will work with you to to deep-dive on key skill and evidence areas. These are offered at no cost but do require a time commitment.
Here are the details of our upcoming sprints:
All our sprints are currently fully booked. Join our waiting list to register your interest and be the first to hear about our upcoming sprints.
Check out the brochures for our previous sprints:
Our Evidence Champions work closely with us to make sure we work more effectively with Local Authorities. They champion evidence-led approaches in their practice.
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Wychavon and Malvern Hills
West Mindlands Combined
Great Manchester Combined
Isle of Wight
Cambridge City and County
Christchurch and Poole
City of Kingston upon Hull
Access our data tools to find the evidence you need to make a greater impact in your work to end homelessness. Find out how to use and access our four tools below.
Browse our Evidence Notes to get at-a-glance summaries of the latest research into various aspects of homelessness. Designed for leaders at all levels, our Evidence Notes are concise, placing high-quality research in a highly digestible way.
Our Evidence Tools for homelessness put evidence at people's fingertips, making the available evidence easier to use and highlighting where more and better evidence is needed. Our tools show what the evidence says about homelessness interventions and help you make smarter decisions about how to best serve those experiencing homelessness in the future.How to use our tools
Gain insights into the latest research on the following topics at a glance:
Drugs and alcohol - Get an overview of the evidence on the relationship between homelessness and substance and alcohol use.
Homelessness Prevention - View the evidence on the success of interventions for preventing homelessness
Welfare and Single Homelessness - Explore key trends about homelessness and how it relates to changes in benefit entitlements.
Immigration - Gain insight into the evidence around the relationship between homelessness and immigration status.
Employment - Look at the evidence around the relationship between homelessness and employment.
Mental Health - Explore the evidence around the relationship between homelessness and mental health.
Institutional Discharge - An overview of the evidence for interventions designed for individuals being discharged from institutional settings.
Case study: Hull City Council
Working with the Centre for Homelessness Impact's implementation team enabled Hull City Council to use data to address a 'revolving door' problem of repeat homelessness presentations
Our first Evidence + Skill Sprints: what we’ve learned and who from
We brought together colleagues from local authorities across Scotland, England and Wales for our first Accelerator sprints, our new intensive offer to help build capacity within local areas to use evidence and data to achieve breakthrough and sustainable results. Here we tell you what we learned, and what’s next for the What Works Community.
Innovation during Covid - wrapping up our 2021 What Works Community
2021 has been an extraordinary year for local authorities tackling homelessness. In this post we hear about What Works Community members’ experiences of bringing innovation and an evidence-based mindset to their homelessness work in the context of the pandemic.