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Hi Chris, Thank you for your timely question. Here is a link with resources curated by health professionals who work in the homelessness sector:

http://cnh3.ca/resources/

I hope this information provides some guidance.

John

Answered byJohn Ecker,March 17, 2020

Great question! I would start by reviewing the Housing First Toolkit. There is an entire section on evaluation, which includes discussion on fidelity. 

Once this has been reviewed, I would think about doing a self-assessment of your Housing First program. The self-assessment scale is found here.

You and your team could sit down individually and complete the assessment and then come together as a group to share your ratings.

Answered byJohn Ecker,January 24, 2020

I would look to some really great resources out there:

LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines 

LGBTQ2S Toolkit

Answered byJohn Ecker,January 24, 2020

There is a wealth of information available on policies to transform how agencies work with LGBTQ2S+ individuals across the housing and homelessness system. Here are a couple of links:

LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines 

LGBTQ2S Toolkit 

Answered byJohn Ecker,January 24, 2020

There may be several differences in the experience of homelessness among gay and heterosexual cisgender males. The first is pathways into homelessness. Gay cisgender males may experience familial rejection due their sexual orientation. They may also experience discrimination from landlords and employers due to their sexual orientation, which can impact their ability to attain housing and employment. Gay cisgender males may also encounter homophobia while in emergency shelters or in their housing. Due to this, gay cisgender males may not feel comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation in these spaces, which can add to their levels of stress. Check out this blog post for more information. 

Answered byJohn Ecker,November 28, 2019

Great question! There are many steps to take when writing an evaluation report. The key is to be concise and to know your audience. This website has several resources available on how to best write evaluation reports. 

Answered byJohn Ecker,November 28, 2019

Great question. I'm taking this answer from a blog post we wrote in 2017. 

Generally, pilot projects are small introductory studies to learn about key factors associated with research topics like time, costs, and size. Before researchers are able to conduct larger and longer studies – such as demonstration projects – they benefit from information gathered during the pilot project phase. Pilot projects contain assessments that are designed by researchers to see if what works in theory actually works in practice, sort of like a test drive for new concepts and approaches.

So, the differences are pretty clear – pilot projects test the waters of new, yet-to-be tested topics while demonstration projects are larger, longer studies of topics that have already gone through an initial screening phase. The evaluation process attached to demonstration projects is another major distinction.

Answered byJohn Ecker,November 28, 2019

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