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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

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

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
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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