What Works Implementation

Building capacity within homelessness organisations to use evidence and data to achieve breakthrough results

People working on the frontline in every local area need better access to effective methods to end homelessness. We help people working to end homelessness confidently use data and evidence to make informed decisions and unlock their impact so they can better support people experiencing homelessness. We offer different levels of support, from remote digital activities to intensive expert-led sessions, including:

Trailblazer Partnerships

Working with leaders across the UK to co-create innovative data and evidence-led approaches to tackling homelessness at the local and national level.

Accelerating Evidence Use

Providing expert advice, training and support to organisations, including 1:1 coaching to understand evidence and use data to unlock impact and deep-dive workshops on how to apply evidence to key issues in your local context.

Support for practitioners

Offering resources, tools and guides for organisations to use to develop their own evidence-led approaches

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"Since 2017, GMCA has sought to take an evidence-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness across the region, sharing our data and insight and providing leadership nationally on what works. CHI has played a critical role in our journey, providing us with a trusted sounding board, a critical friend and a reliable bunch of colleagues that work with intellectual rigour and enthusiasm."

Joe Donohue, Homelessness Strategy Principal, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
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Our Impact

We have worked with over 200 councils and organisations across the UK since 2020, providing them with the resources to equip them with the tools and resources needed to accelerate towards ending homelessness everywhere in the UK.

We have worked in partnership with Aberdeen City Council since 2021, helping them develop an evidence-led approach to their youth homelessness services and establish the Ending Homelessness in Aberdeen Partnership Board, using our co-created Ending Homelessness Data Framework to bring together partners to use data to drive towards an end to homelessness in Aberdeen City.

We provided in-depth, evidence-led advice to the Royal Foundation over more than 12 months to support HRH Prince William’s new flagship initiative on homelessness.

Resources for practitioners

Access the resources you need to make a greater impact in your work to end homelessness.

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Ending Rough Sleeping Framework

In 2022, we provided thought leadership and expert advice to an early adopter group of English local areas to co-create the first definition and framework to measure progress towards ending rough sleeping in England, which has now been adopted as national policy and rolled out to every local authority in England.

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“We have been involved with CHI’s work through being Early Adopters of the new Rough Sleeping Framework with its clear definitions and indicators regarding ending rough sleeping, including supporting roll this out nationally to all Local Authorities in England. We believe in CHI’s mission to end homelessness with better data and evidence and recognise the need for a more rigorous evidence base to find out “What Works” in this complex area.

Ben Tomlin, Director of Housing Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
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Implementation news

community updates

September 26, 2022

2022 Evidence and Skills Sprints: learning from Aberdeenshire County Council

What is a sprint, and how can it help you in your work to end homelessness? We caught up with the whole team at Aberdeenshire County Council to see why they made the decision to attend all three of our What Works Community sprints, what they thought, and what’s next for this Scottish Local Authority.

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community updates

August 23, 2022

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

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community updates

April 12, 2022

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.

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