Cross-system partnerships to prevent and end homelessness
How can data from other systems enhance system planning? An effective system approach to preventing and ending homelessness requires cross-system coordination. Data from mainstream systems (ex. Veterans, child welfare, criminal justice, education, Medicaid) can illuminate system dynamics of the crisis response system and facilitate coordination of resources. This is a challenging and sometimes daunting task. In this session, participants will hear about how communities have used data to drive coordination, collaboration, and joint-system planning.
Margot Ackermann, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Director, Homeward Jamie Taylor, Ph.D., Research Director, The Cloudburst Group” “Jamie Taylor, Ph.D., Research Director, The Cloudburst Group
Dr. Taylor works with state-level data integration projects that focus on the intersection of housing and service system data, building with technology partners the infrastructure and data tools that target at-risk, frequent utilizer populations. Cross-sector leadership are coordinated to utilize integrated housing, health, and criminal justice data for monitoring and evaluation of social determinants of health in each project site. Dr. Taylor also oversees housing and homelessness evaluations for regions and communities; teaching the use of Secondary datasets, including AHS, for data analysis focused on policy and decision-making. She is also currently overseeing the development of a Shared Housing study being implemented by SAMHSA and is partnering with MDRC on a randomized control trial connecting housing, health and criminal justice in three sites.
Margot Ackermann, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Director (Community Representative), Homeward
Margot is responsible for coordinating data collection, analysis, and reporting for Homeward and its partners, with a focus on measuring outcomes of interest to service providers, funders, and policy makers. Margot coordinates twice yearly point-in-time counts of people experiencing homelessness, administers a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for four Continuums of Care (CoCs), and coordinates reporting to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She currently serves on the Performance and Impact subcommittee for the Virginia Governor’s Coordinating Council. She has also been involved in several efforts to examine the overlap between incarceration and homelessness locally and is involved in several data matching projects related to criminal justice, health care, and education.