Calgary Homeless Foundation’s Research Agenda
The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) has just released its updated Research Agenda (which I co-authored). CHF is a non-governmental organization that disburses funding to non-profit organizations in Calgary to help persons experiencing homelessness. Our Research Agenda is a bit like an annual report on our research (except it typically comes out once every two years).
The following points are worth noting:
-A major strength of CHF’s research is its ability to use robust data.
-A major reason CHF is able to use good data is that it oversees a city-wide database system with information pertaining to persons experiencing homelessness. Client-level information (e.g., age, health status, employment status and housing status) is entered into the database. All Calgary programs that receive funding from CHF must use this database system.
-CHF is developing an international reputation for applied, policy-relevant research on homelessness.
You can read more about CHF’s latest Research Agenda here.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant. He has a PhD in public policy.