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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 Canada!

  • 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 Canada!

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 Canada!

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 Canada!

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 Canada!

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 Canada!

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 – Canada!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 Canada!

  • 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 Canada!

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 Government/Community

  • 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: Government/Community

  • 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 Government/Community

  • 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 Government/Community

  • 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! Government/Community


Contact information
Contact information: Government/Community

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: kathy.kovacsburns@ualberta.ca