A key challenge is the weak evidence base on which to design homelessness prevention. The last major study of homelessness prevention in the UK is now very dated, and while there has been a ‘prevention turn’ within homelessness policy in many parts of the developed world in recent years, with relevant initiatives in the US, Canada, and a range of European countries, there has been no systematic synthesis of the approaches taken, their efficacy, or their costs. At the same time, there has been some intense academic debate, particularly in the US, on how homelessness prevention should be conceptualised, or indeed whether it is a worthwhile exercise at all, but these issues remain unresolved. This project will develop a conceptual framework for understanding and comparing preventative approaches, moving beyond traditional categories to encompass various forms of prevention; conduct an international evidence review of current preventative strategies and programmes, framed using these conceptual categorisations; and include a small number of key informant interviews with well-placed stakeholders to ‘sense check’ the findings.
Starts: March 2018
Team: Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick (Co-I), Dr Peter Mackie (Co-I), Professor Ken Gibb (Co-I), Dr Jenny Preece (RA), Dr Gareth James (KE) and What Works Scotland/Crisis.