Program

2018 Agenda

Day One – May 28

8:15 a.m.
Registration

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Opening Prayer

Kelly Good Eagle, Siksika Nation

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Ron Kneebone, Scientific Director, Area Director, Economic & Social Policy, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Surveillance of the Deaths of People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto
Dr. Joyce Bernstein, Epidemiologist/Statistician, Performance and Standards Division, Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit, Toronto Public Health
Prior to 2017, the official tracking of deaths among people experiencing homelessness in Toronto was limited to registered City-run shelter residents. As a result, the full scope of the problem had been largely unknown. Toronto Public Health developed a system to monitor the deaths of people experiencing homelessness both inside and outside the City-run shelter system. This more comprehensive dataset will provide evidence on which to base efforts to reduce homelessness and improve the health of people who are homeless.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Social Policy Research with Linked Microdata: Better with Friends
Daniel Dutton, Post-Doctoral Scholar, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Ali Jadidzadeh, Senior Researcher, Calgary Homeless Foundation

The Social Policy and Health team at The School of Public Policy has data sharing agreements with a number of provincial-level and community organizations. Those agreements facilitate research that would be impossible to conduct in isolation. This presentation highlights three such projects: a cost-savings analysis of housing first programs in Calgary, an estimate of the benefits of dental care for a sample of people experiencing homelessness, and a comparison of the risk of shelter use between two cities.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Requirements for Data-Driven Social Service Policy Evaluation: A Case-Study in Housing First
Bart Gajderowicz, PhD Candidate 2018, Centre for Social Services Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

This presentation will highlight important data about service usage from the perspective of the service provider, client, and other stakeholders. This is necessary to create a measurable high-fidelity model of service delivery, and support for semantic interoperability between datasets. The ‘Housing First’ intervention program will be used as a use-case for the presented material.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Calgary Homeless Foundation Almanac
Nick Falvo, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Chidom Otogwu, Research and Data Analyst, Calgary Homeless Foundation

Data on affordable housing and homelessness is often available, but rarely in one place. To address this challenge, the Calgary Homeless Foundation is compiling important data on affordable housing and homelessness in one place, calling it the “Calgary Homeless Foundation Almanac.” This presentation will discuss what data is available through this effort, where you can find it, and what you can do with it.

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Buffet Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Measuring Non-Housing Outcomes of Affordable Housing Investments
Steve Pomeroy, Senior Research Fellow, Carleton University Centre for Urban Research and Education

Advocates of affordable housing frequently claim that providing households with affordable housing will generate tangible positive impacts on health, education and social wellbeing and that good housing can help to achieve positive longer-term outcomes such as self-reliance for individuals and families. However, there is a very limited empirical basis (both internationally and more particularly in Canada) to substantiate these claims.

A recently completed a literature review, Non-Housing Outcomes of Accessible and Affordable Housing: Update review of empirical research evidence linking affordable adequate and stable housing to a range of outcomes (Pomeroy and Marquis-Bissonette, 2016) examined this evidence.

Steve will present and discuss these findings and their implications for data collection and analysis.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Revisiting measures of chronic homelessness based on shelter-use data
Aaron Segaert, President and CEO, EX Solutions Inc.
Definitions of chronic homelessness have been strongly influenced by Kuhn and Culhane’s (1998) typology of chronic, episodic and temporary homelessness.

Although this typology, which is based on cluster analysis of shelter data, has been replicated in communities across North America, feedback from attempts to operationalize definitions based on this methodology, along with recent findings about chronic/episodic homelessness and shelter-use from point-in- time counts have raised several issues.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Break 

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Homelessness data in Québec: Current Situation and Future Prospects
Eric Latimer, Director, Mental Health and Society Research Program, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University.

This talk will describe the current situation in the province of Québec with regards to homelessness data. The main available data sets, and possibilities for linkages, will be described. The degree of HIFIS penetration will also be summarized. An analysis of future prospects, opportunities and challenges will be proposed.

3:45 – 4:55 p.m.
PIT Counts: from Rural to Urban
Nick Falvo, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation

Patrick Hunter, Senior Policy Analyst, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada

Jonn Kmech, Program Manager, Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN)

Alina Turner, Principal, Turner Strategies

4:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks (Day One)
Ron Kneebone, Scientific Director, Area Director, Economic & Social Policy, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Day Two – May 29

8:15 a.m.
Registration 

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Nick Falvo, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
National Portrait of Homelessness
Patrick Hunter, Senior Policy Analyst, Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is undertaking an initiative to work with partners across the country to build a national portrait of homelessness. The next steps for the development of a strategy to address gaps in data will be discussed. The aim of this strategy will be to build national data that are more comprehensive, more robust, and more open.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Building a Culture of Data
Jason Lau, Director, Data Operations, PolicyWise for Children & Families

Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence (SAGE) facilitates collaboration among stakeholders via linking, managing, and sharing of sensitive data in an ethical manner. SAGE is working actively with local non-profits to liberate data to generate evidence and collaborate with each other on common goals. SAGE has brought understanding of legal and legislative barriers to data sharing, and facilitated building of technical capacity among six non-profit organizations in

Calgary as part of a Calgary Foundation-supported project. Analysis of shared data has led to new insights into how these organizations serve their clients.

This session will focus on the lessons learned thus far in building trust and capacity in the non-profit sector. It will engage participants to consider the potential of data, and how community non-profits can effectively and ethically build their own culture of data sharing to inform their services and positively impact their client’s lives.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Perspectives on Privacy, Governance & Consent
Stephanie Breakey, Senior Information Systems Analyst, Bissell Centre This study presents service user perspectives and preferences on privacy, governance, and consent regarding the re-use of operational data for quality improvement and research purposes. It uses qualitative descriptive methods including focus groups and animated vignettes. Animated video vignettes are used to explain the complex data journey, starting with data gathering at service intake, through to the varied uses of these data. Note that at the time of this abstract, the data gathering is still in progress.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Buffet Lunch

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Building & Sustaining a Data-Driven Homeless System: What Does it Take?
Abigail Schachter, Performance Measurement Evaluator, King County Department of Community and Human Services

Kira Zylstra, Acting Director, All Home (the system planner for King County)

Over the past five years Seattle-King County’s homeless system of care has made significant investments and commitment to using data to drive and improve performance. Recognizing that they could not achieve the goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring by continuing the status quo, King County conducted intensive analyses of the performance of the homeless crisis response in 2016. This analysis spurred the development of new, ambitious performance standards endorsed by the largest public and private funders in the community, as well as public dashboards displaying program and system-level performance to increase transparency and accountability.

Abigail Schachter and Kira Zylstra will discuss what it takes to build and sustain a data-driven culture around HMIS data, from the commitment and investment in staff and technical infrastructure, to ethical considerations around data sharing and use, to the importance of engaging people with lived experience in data governance and analysis.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Let’s Get Coordinated: A three-part presentation on Coordinated Access and Assessment
Nancy Baker, Director, Homelessness Data Collection Analysis and Reporting Division
Genelle Denzin
, HMIS Data Analyst, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO)
Candice Giammarino, System Planner, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Jennifer Legate, Research and Data Specialist, Calgary Homeless Foundation

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Evolution of Data Use in Ending Homelessness
Ashley Coleman, Social Planning Associate, Region of Waterloo
Britany Ardelli, HMIS Manager, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Tim Richter, President and CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Nick Falvo, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Diana Krecsy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Homeless Foundation

4:25 – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Prayer
Kelly Good Eagle, Siksika Nation