Linking housing program and social service data to improve client services
Since 2010, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) have collaborated in linking HMIS data with social service program administrative data. This collaboration allows Washington state to explore the relationship between homelessness, client characteristics, housing outcomes, and other outcomes. Furthermore, linking with non-HMIS data systems provides the state additional information on housing outcomes for non-HMIS populations.
Talia Scott/ HMIS Manager/ Department of Commerce. Webb Sprague/ Data Analyst/ Department of Social and Health Services. Taylor Danielson/ Research Manager/Department of Social and Health Services. Chris Albrecht/ Data Analyst/ Department of Social and Health Services. Jim Mayfield/ Senior Research Scientist/ Department of Social and Health Services.
Talia Scott joined the HMIS Team at Commerce in 2013. She really likes data. Prior to that she spent over 10 years as a direct service provider. Talia has 1 husband, 2 children (one Stayer, one Leaver), 2 dogs and 2.5 cats. Constituency: government.
Webb Sprague joined RDA as a data analyst in 2015, working on housing, childcare, and economic assistance data. Before RDA, he worked as a demographer for Washington and in various positions as a computer programmer and data analyst. He received a PhD in Demography from UC Berkeley. Constituency: government.
Taylor Danielson is a research manager who joined RDA in 2017. Currently his research covers a wide range of topics, including homelessness, economic assistance, and supported employment services. Prior to joining RDA, Taylor worked at Whitman College as an Institutional Research Analyst. He received his PhD in Sociology in 2016 from the University of Arizona, where he studied public support for anti-poverty programs. Constituency: government.
Chris Albrecht has been working with the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data since 2010. He serves as the senior technical liaison between RDA and Commerce, as well as the database administrator for the RDA system housing the combined HMIS and DSHS data sources. Chris has a Masters in Sociology from Western Washington University. Constituency: government.
Jim Mayfield is a Senior Research Scientist with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Research and Data Analysis Division. He holds a graduate degree in economics and has over 20 years of experience evaluating social service and criminal justice interventions using quasi-experimental methods and cross‐system, integrated data. Prior to DSHS, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy for 14 years where he conducted program evaluations of public assistance and workforce training, child welfare, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and criminal justice-related programs. Constituency: government.