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Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan 1990-2010. Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD & Solina Richter, PhD, RN The Road Home Conference Edmonton, Alberta November 15-17, 2010. Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium

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Homelessness related research capacities in alberta a comprehensive environmental scan 1990 2010

Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan1990-2010

Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD

& Solina Richter, PhD, RN

The Road Home Conference

Edmonton, Alberta

November 15-17, 2010


Acknowledgements

Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium

All researchers, government and community participants involved with environmental scan

Acknowledgements:


Purpose of study

Purpose of Study

To identify:

  • Research expertise

  • Establish the scope of homelessness-related research capacities in Alberta, 1990-2010

  • Reveal gaps in knowledge that should be pursued in future research efforts

    Specific focus on seven cities within Alberta


This type of study not been done before in alberta or canada

This type of study not been done before in Alberta or Canada!


Deliverables for study

Deliverables for Study

  • Registry of Alberta Homelessness Researchers

  • Inventory of Local, National and International Homelessness Networks

  • List of Researchers and Community/ Government Representatives interested in Alberta Network

  • Annotated Bibliography of Published Literature, 1990 – 2010

  • Annotated Bibliography of Grey Literature – Reports, papers, other from 1990 – 2010

  • Gaps & Challenges in Homelessness Research


Methodology

Methodology

Mixed methods:

  • Literature searches

  • Web-based searches

  • Surveys – researchers (n=29) & government/community (n=107)

  • Targeted phone calls/interviews


Registry of alberta researchers

Registry of Alberta Researchers

Methods used:

  • Web-based searches

  • Publication searches

    Results:

  • 29 Alberta homelessness researchers

  • 19 on Calgary Homeless Network

  • 4 main areas of focus – youth, women, health & service delivery, & homelessness discourse


Inventory of networks

Inventory of Networks

Method used:

  • Internet & web searches

  • Key/core terms searched

  • Network = hub=coalition=collaboration

  • Local, national & international

    Results:

  • 70 homelessness-related networks

    • 8 in Alberta

    • 23 in Canada

    • 39 international/global

  • Diversity of networks by functionality or targeted populations


Interest in alberta network

Interest in Alberta Network

Method used:

  • Surveys to researchers & government/ community representatives

    Results: Interested respondents

  • 15 of 17 researcher respondents

  • 29 of 44 government/community respondents


Annotated bibliography published literature

Annotated Bibliography – Published Literature

Method used:

  • Peer-reviewed journal searches

  • Key terms applied

    Results:

  • 24 identified articles selected

    • 10 on homeless youth

    • 3 on homeless women issues

    • 3 on discourse of homelessness issues

    • 8 on health and service delivery

  • 21 Master’s & PhD studies


Annotated bibliography grey literature

Annotated Bibliography – Grey Literature

Method used:

  • Chose broad search terms for homelessness research in grey literature

  • Internet searches

  • Specific community/agency website searches

  • Survey question; follow up phone calls

    Results:

  • 822 identified; 232 selected & reviewed

  • 12 theme areas; 2 others


Grey literature theme areas

Grey Literature Theme Areas

  • Community Perspectives (8 documents)

  • Counts/Assessments of People who are Homeless (30)

  • Facilities & Services (10 documents)

  • Housing & Homelessness (68 documents)

  • Immigrants & Homelessness (3 documents)

  • Planning & Plans to End Homelessness (28)

  • Prevention of Homelessness (1 document)

  • Progress & Annual Community Analysis of Homelessness (33)

  • Referencing Homelessness (19 documents)

  • Social & General Profiling of Homelessness (11 documents)

  • Women & Homelessness (2 documents)

  • Youth Homelessness/Homeless Youth (9 documents)


Homelessness research gaps challenges

Homelessness Research Gaps & Challenges

Method used:

  • Surveys

  • Literature analysis

  • Interviews/phone calls

    Results:

    Gaps identified by researchers & Community/government were similar

    Literature contained very few gaps and challenges


Researcher gaps challenges identified

Researcher Gaps & Challenges Identified


Gov t community research gaps challenges identified

Gov’t/Community Research Gaps & Challenges Identified


Comparing gaps challenges identified by researchers and government community

Comparing Gaps & Challenges Identified by Researchers and Government/Community


Gaps identified in literature

Gaps identified in Literature

  • Best practices in prevention of homelessness

  • Addressing poverty

  • Service needs of individuals

  • Multiple episodes of homelessness

  • Public perception and attitudes*

  • Community engagement


Some common specific gaps in research in alberta

Some Common Specific Gaps in Research in Alberta:

  • Evaluation of effectiveness of ‘Housing First’ model

  • Lack of data on homelessness generally

  • Cost of homelessness unknown

  • Rural studies lacking

  • Lack information on targeted populations – e.g. youth, families, Aboriginal people, women

  • Community strategies around implementation of plans to end homelessness


Suggestions to address research gaps challenges

Suggestions to Address Research Gaps & Challenges

  • Researcher capacity development

  • Research capacity development/understanding within communities & government → Community-Based Participatory Research

  • More interdisciplinary & cross-sectoral homelessness research

  • Alberta Homelessness Research Agenda

  • Stress information sharing, dissemination & Knowledge Transfer

  • Evaluation of impact of programs, services & plans

  • Set up Forums for sharing of research data

  • Publish studies from grey reports


Some next steps

Some next steps

  • Consortium to work with key stakeholders in homelessness research

  • Use of findings/results of environmental scan for planning future research

  • Publish, present or make public the results of environmental scan

  • Populate website of Consortium with information from environmental scan & other studies


Thank you

Thank You!


Contact information

Contact information:

Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD

Consultant on Environmental Scan,

Director, Interdisciplinary Health Research Academy,

& Associate Director

Health Sciences Council

University of Alberta

300 Campus Tower

Ph. 780-492-7766

Email: [email protected]


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