Available open access under CC-BY-NC license. Homelessness is unequivocally devastating. In the UK, people affected by homelessness are ten times more likely to die than their peers in the general population, yet we still miss important opportunities to adequately address the issue.
The Centre for Homelessness Impact brings together this urgent book gathering the insights and experiences of leaders in government, academia and the third sector to present new evidence-based strategies to end homelessness.
Demonstrating why and how a new movement is needed that embraces data and evidence as integral to ending homelessness effectively, this book provides crucial methods to underpin future policy, practice and funding decisions.
“This volume is a fascinating synthesis of the concerns and challenges facing those working to end homelessness, alongside the emerging transferable lessons and insights arising from the growing role of evidence evaluation and what works across many public policy domains." Ken Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
"Where resources are at a premium, impacts life-altering and options disputed, building knowledge about what works is essential. This book offers a serious way to achieve large-scale sustainable progress for people experiencing homeless in the UK and beyond." Nancy Hey, What Works Wellbeing
Lígia Teixeira is Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact. She was previously Head of Research and Evaluation at Crisis, where for nine years she led the organisation's evidence programme—growing its scale and impact into one of the largest and most influential in the UK and internationally.
James Cartwright is Editorial and Engagement Associate at the Centre for Homelessness Impact.
Foreword ~ David Halpern
1 The Impact Manifesto: doing the right things to end homelessness for good ~ Lígia Teixeira
2 A new approach to ending homelessness ~ Jon Sparkes and Matt Downie
3 Reform in the private rented sector ~ Olly Grender
4 Houses, not homelessness ~ Danny Dorling
5 Loosening poverty’s grip ~ Campbell Robb
6 A cross-party approach to homelessness ~ Neil Coyle
7 Contrasting traditions in research between the UK and US ~ Dennis Culhane, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Dan Treglia
8 Why evidence matters ~ Jonathan Breckon and Emma Taylor-Collins
9 A public health approach to homelessness ~ Louise Marshall and Jo Bibby
10 Data and evidence: what is possible in public policy? ~ Stephen Aldridge
11 Using evidence in social policy: from NICE to What Works ~ Howard White and David Gough
12 Charities and donors in evidence systems ~ Caroline Fiennes
13 Why transparency matters to knowledge mobilisation ~ Tracey Brown
14 Afterword ~ Julia Unwin