Accelerating impact to end homelessness

Over five weeks in July and August, we will create a space to meet, explore ideas, learn new skills, and to build a shared sense of what we ought to achieve in homelessness over these coming months and years.

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Exhibition: Anthony Luvera

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is proud to present the work of the artist Anthony Luvera as part of the Impact Festival 2020. Working in collaboration with people who have experienced homelessness, these works tell stories about individual experiences, and the systems and services that shape people’s everyday lives.

Video Hub

If you missed an event, or simply want to watch one of our sessions again, we've created a video hub where you can access all the recordings from the festival.

Smart Policy

Embracing obliquity at a time of radical uncertainty

July 13, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

John Kay and Dr Ligia Teixeira discuss decision-making in an uncertain world post COVID-19, and how our goals to end homelessness are best achieved indirectly.

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Smart Policy

Learning About ‘What Works’ From Reflecting on ‘What Doesn’t Work’

July 13, 2020
15:15 - 16:15 BST
Understanding What Works

Lead by CHI's Lived Experience Specialist, Hannah Green, this panel of experts by experience will explore what we can do to learn from people's personal experiences with homelessness interventions to ensure we move towards an end to homelessness that focuses on what works, and eradicates what doesn't.

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Smart Policy

Wisdom from the system, Scotland

July 14, 2020
10:30 - 12:00 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

Hosted by the Mayday Trust and facilitated by Homeless Network Scotland, Wisdom from the System is a space open to all willing to be brave, to discuss, share, and reflect on your experiences of systems, whether that’s homelessness, social care, mental health, or criminal justice. The conversation will take place online, in a group call that will encourage people to speak freely and honestly.

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Smart Policy

Pivoting policy to adapt to COVID-19

July 14, 2020
15:30 - 16:30 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

This session will provide our audience with valuable insight into the responses of governments across the UK to the impact of COVID-19 on those experiencing or facing homelessness.

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Smart Policy

How to Make Government Smarter

July 14, 2020
12:00 - 13:00 BST
Understanding What Works

What lessons has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about the future of government and how will those lessons play out in the months and years to come?

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Smart Policy

Using empirical methods to enhance COVID19 pandemic responses

July 15, 2020
14:30 - 15:30 BST
Understanding What Works

In this session Dr David Halpern, the Government's What Works National Adviser and Chief Executive of The Behavioural Insights Team will share insights from BIT’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis as well as the wider government response and his contribution to SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, in order for attendees to better understand the value of empirical methods in designing both public health interventions in response to pandemics and other crises.

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Smart Policy

Leveraging social innovation and technology to prevent and end homelessness

July 15, 2020
16:00 - 17:00 BST
Data Infrastructure

This session, lead by Dr. Alina Turner CEO + Co-Founder of HelpSeeker explores how social innovation and technology can be leveraged to prevent and end homelessness.

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Smart Policy

Data quality: Tips and Tricks

July 16, 2020
09:00 - 11:00 BST
Capacity Building

This workshop will guide a small group of participants to understand data in the context of homelessness. Practical tasks will involve identifying different types of data quality issues and how to apply mitigation to them. Attendees will leave the session having put learning into practice by applying a dataset to their own work.

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Smart Policy

The view from: Welsh Government

July 16, 2020
12:45 - 13:30 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

Minister Julie James provides us with firsthand insight into the steps being taken by Welsh Government to tackle homelessness in Wales.

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Smart Policy

What we can learn from the armed forces during a pandemic

July 16, 2020
16:00 - 17:00 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

This session will explore how and why military expertise were so vital to the Covid response in the UK and what lessons the homelessness sector can learn from this approach.

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Smart Policy

Wisdom from the system, Wales

July 17, 2020
13:00 - 14:30 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

Hosted by the Mayday Trust and facilitated by Platfform, Wisdom from the System is a space open to all willing to be brave, to discuss, share, and reflect on your experiences of systems, whether that’s homelessness, social care, mental health, or criminal justice. The conversation will take place online, in a group call that will encourage people to speak freely and honestly.

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Smart Policy

Towards ending homelessness as a UN sustainable development goal 2030

July 17, 2020
12:30 – 13:30 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

IGH Executive Director Lydia Stazen will present on the last three years of collaborative advocacy efforts within the United Nations, resulting in the first UN resolution on homelessness in 30 years. Indu Prakash Singh, advocate and Citymakers Facilitator, will share his advocacy experience at the local, state, and international levels. Elizabeth Madden will share her advocacy efforts through the lens of her lived experience of homelessness.

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Smart Policy

Smart Policy Design in Action: Harnessing Data for Effective Design

July 17, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Capacity Building

We are delighted to offer this session, run in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School - Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD).

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Housing System

Housing, Poverty and Racism in the Movement to End Homelessness

July 20, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Inspiration and Aspiration

The past few months have seen a surge in discussions of systemic racism, and how racial justice and equality is to be incorporated into society at all levels.

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Housing System

How COVID-19 exposes the underlying housing and health inequalities in society

July 21, 2020
16:00 - 17:00 BST
Understanding What Works

In this session, we explore what it will take to ensure we don't return to business as usual in a post-pandemic society: that appropriate housing is seen as a critical factor in health and wellbeing is at the top of the agenda.

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Housing System

Homelessness post COVID-19: how to harness the power of data and evidence to improve local and national responses

July 22, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 BST
Understanding What Works

In this session, we will discuss how data and evidence could show us a way forward in a time of shifting priorities, uncertainty and limited resources.

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Housing System

Affordable housing and homelessness in the aftermath of COVID19

July 23, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Understanding What Works

With COVID-19 set to cause a significant rise in the number of people experiencing poverty, it's more important than ever to ensure we have enough quality, affordable homes in the right places. This session will explore how we can scale ongoing efforts so that more people on low incomes can access and remain in affordable and decent homes faster.

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Housing System

Housing Cost Calculator Masterclass

July 24, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 BST
Capacity Building

This masterclass with our Head of Evidence and Data will show you how to get the best results from CHI's Housing Costs Calculator.

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Housing System

Responding to Women's Homelessness During COVID-19

July 24, 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Understanding What Works

This session will explore the intersection between women's homelessness, domestic abuse and women's experiences of the justice and housing systems. Join us to discuss what the evidence tells us about how best to respond now and post pandemic to help ensure women are helped more effectively.

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All in it Together

Time for Communities to Get Serious About Ending Homelessness

July 27, 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

In this event, Dr Ligia Teixeira and former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Julia Unwin, will discuss the impact communities can have on ending homelessness.

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All in it Together

How Can Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship Help End Homelessness?

July 27, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Understanding What Works

In this session, chaired by Selina-Valencia McDonald, the panelists will explore the role of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the fight against homelessness.

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All in it Together

The view from: Scottish Government

July 28, 2020
11:00 - 11:45
Inspiration and Aspiration

Kevin Stewart MSP provides us with firsthand insight into the steps being taken by the Scottish Government to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

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All in it Together

How Can The Media Help End Homelessness?

July 28, 2020
15:00 - 16:00 BST
Understanding What Works

The language we use is powerful and the way we speak about homelessness in the media can have a significant impact on public perception of people experiencing homelessness, the causes of homelessness and the best ways to approach ending homelessness.

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All in it Together

Ending homelessness with data - exploring the SHARE platform

July 29, 2020
10:00 - 11:30
Capacity Building

The SHARE framework focuses on using a data-led approach to make a lasting impact in our goal to end homelessness. Our SHARE reporting platform is a practical tool which aims to give insight into the conditions required to prevent homelessness.

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All in it Together

The Distinctive Role of Faith in Responses to The Pandemic

July 29, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

This event will bring together leaders from multiple faiths to explore the crucial role that faith and faith-based interventions are playing in response to the pandemic.

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All in it Together

Wisdom From The System - England

July 30, 2020
10:30 - 12:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

It’s time for people who have experienced and/or are working in the homelessness, social care, mental health, and criminal justice systems across the UK to have a conversation. Hosted by the Mayday Trust, Wisdom from the System is a space open to all willing to be brave, to discuss, share, and reflect on your experiences of systems.

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All in it Together

How Can We Change The Way We Talk About Homelessness?

July 30, 2020
10:00-11:15am BST
Capacity Building

There is an increasing understanding that the way we talk about things shapes our attitudes towards them. This workshop, delivered by Crisis is dedicated to analysing and deconstructing the ways language affects our understanding of homelessness, and how we can change it to be more inclusive, informed, and accurate.

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All in it Together

Improving Prevention Through Experimentation

July 30, 2020
15:00-16:00
Understanding What Works

This discussion will explore why it is imperative that we take a test and learn approach to how we develop our homelessness prevention activity. Hear experts and leaders in scientific experimentation talk about why the only way we can truly find out what works to end homelessness is to evaluate the impact of our interventions.

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All in it Together

Why We Are Wrong About Nearly Everything: The Power of Challenging Assumptions

July 31, 2020
11:30 - 12:30
Inspiration and Aspiration

Dr Ligia Teixeira talks to Bobby Duffy, professor of Public Policy at King's College and author of The Perils of Perception – why we’re wrong about nearly everything, on how people misperceive social realities and what we can to do rectify both our own perspectives and those of society's at large.

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All in it Together

Why COVID-19 has made data linkage matter more than ever

July 31, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Data Infrastructure

In this event, we discuss how linked administrative data at a government level can have a profound impact on homelessness research and policy design.

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Relational

Using Data More Rapidly to Tackle Homelessness Effectively

August 3, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 BST
Understanding What Works

A discussion on how acting quickly when it comes to using data can enable us to make more effective interventions in the homelessness space, with Professor Jeff Liebman from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Relational

Love Exists Beyond Walls: How To Create a Movement of Doers

August 3, 2020
15:30-16:30
Inspiration and Aspiration

In this inspirational address, Terence Lester, speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty will speak honestly and openly about his experiences of homelessness, his non-profit, ‘Love Beyond Walls’ and his latest campaign, ‘Love Sinks In’.

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Relational

The view from: Northern Ireland

August 4, 2020
15:30-16:15
Inspiration and Aspiration

Carál Ní Chuilín - Northern Irish Minister for Communities - will provide us with firsthand insight into the steps being taken by the Northern Irish Government to tackle homelessness in Northern Ireland.

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Relational

Work as a Priority in Preventing and Ending Homelessness as we Recover From The Pandemic

August 4, 2020
9:30 - 10:30
Understanding What Works

A panel discussion on how employment support can be effective in preventing homelessness.

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Relational

The Role of Wellbeing in Accelerating Impact at a Time of Crisis

August 4, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Understanding What Works

Chaired by Nancy Hey from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, this event looks at wellbeing during COVID-19 through an evidence-informed set of principles. This will include a discussion of the pandemic's wider mental and physical health effects on the public and how these will have to be countered and the role that resilience plays.

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Relational

The Importance of Relationships in Knowledge Translation and Implementation

August 5, 2020
10:00-11:00
Understanding What Works

Join us for this session chaired by Pat McArdle, CEO Mayday Trust with Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice for Adults and Jonathan Breckon, Director of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, as we explore the necessity of both good evidence and relationships on good service delivery.

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Relational

Families Experiencing Homelessness: Removing the barriers to Health, Social Care and Education.

August 5, 2020
14:00-15:00
Understanding What Works

Families experiencing homelessness have limited access to Health, Social Care and Education. Shared Health have been working with Homeless Families to collaboratively find solutions to the barriers faced. Shared Health's clinical team will share details of proactive interventions which work across sectors and localities and provide an element of much needed advocacy for homeless families.

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Relational

Why is Enforcement Used, and What Do We Know About How It Works?

August 6, 2020
15:30 - 16:30
Understanding What Works

This event brings together policy experts and experts by experience to discuss the wide-ranging implications of policies that effectively criminalise homelessness and poverty.

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Relational

Leadership at a Time of Crisis

August 6, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

Chaired by Rosanne Haggerty, CEO of Community Solutions and a globally recognised leader in her work to end homelessness, this session will discuss the importance of effective leadership during a time of crisis like the one we are currently experiencing.

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Relational

Re-igniting our Mojo at Work

August 7, 2020
9:00 - 10:30
Capacity Building

This session arms to harness the collective wisdom of the group to practically identify some of the key issues around motivation in our work today, and start to look at potential ways to address them.

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Relational

What Works Community Launch

August 7, 2020
12:00 - 13:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

Join senior leaders from the three local authorities that participated in our What Works Community pilot programme to find out how their involvement has enhanced their approach to using data and evidence in practice.

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Relational

What Works Community Masterclass - Open Studio + Peer learning Q+A

August 7, 2020
14:00 - 15:30
Capacity Building

This workshop brings together the participants of our What Works Community pilot from East Ayrshire and Southend to discuss their involvement in the programme. You will have the chance to ask questions and find out more about how to get involved with the new What Works Community as a local authority.

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Ecosystem of Services

Using Systematic Reviews to Accelerate Progress

August 10, 2020
15:00 - 16:00
Understanding What Works

In this session participants will hear from three leading international academics using systematic reviews to inform policy and practice. Together they will bring us on a journey to understand how systematic reviews came about and have been used in other fields, as well as some of the initial steps adapting these methodologies to homelessness. They will reflect on how systematic reviews should be a crucial tool to inform policy and also provide practical tips to make them more effective.

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Ecosystem of Services

The view from: Westminster

August 11, 2020
15:30-16:15
Inspiration and Aspiration

Luke Hall MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing at MHCLG, will reflect on the Government's achievements to date, the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and the next steps in progressing their plans to bring an end to homelessness in England. The Minister's address will be followed by immediate responses from a prominent sector leader and someone with lived experience of homelessness.

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Ecosystem of Services

Representing Homelessness: in conversation with Anthony Luvera

August 11, 2020
11:00-12:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

In this conversation, Anthony Luvera will speak with Hannah Green about his socially engaged practice of working with people experiencing homelessness. Over the past eighteen years Anthony has collaborated with individuals in cities and towns across the UK, to co-create photographs and other artworks that represent their lives and experiences, and speak out about the systems and services that shape their everyday lives.

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Ecosystem of Services

Innovation: What is it and why is it good for you?

August 12, 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Inspiration and Aspiration

Linda Gibbs from Bloomberg Associates will chair this session with Tendayi Viki, author and corporate innovation expert, and Merici Vinton, co-founder and Chief Executive of Ada's List, and Alison Watson, director of Shelter Scotland, in which we will discuss the opportunities for innovation in large organisations and how to embed continuous innovation in their makeup.

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Ecosystem of Services

Using Trials to Progress our Understanding of What Works in Children's Social Care

August 12, 2020
14:00 - 15:00
Understanding What Works

In this session chaired by Dr Triin Edovald, Head of Evaluation at the Education Endowment Foundation, we will be joined by Michael Sanders, Executive Director of the What Works Center for Children's Social Care, as well as experts by experience to explore how trials are being used to determine which interventions are most effective in supporting vulnerable children.

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Ecosystem of Services

Harnessing Implementation Science to Improve Results in Homelessness as we Recover From the Pandemic

August 12, 2020
08:30 - 09:30
Understanding What Works

Join us for this session , chaired by CHI's Ligia Teixeira who will be joined by Robyn Mildon, Executive Director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (Australia, Singapore and UK) and Hal Pawson, professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the University of New South Wales. We'll explore how to harness implementation science to ensure we improve results in homelessness as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ecosystem of Services

Putting experience at the heart of decision-making

August 13, 2020
11:00 - 12:00
Capacity Building

Exploring how codesign and coproduction methods could transform homelessness policy at the government level.

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Ecosystem of Services

Systems Mapping and Integration to Prevent and End Homelessness

August 13, 2020
15:30 - 16:30
Data Infrastructure

This event will take a systemic view of homelessness policy, looking at how systems mapping and integration can bring together different strands of research for more effective implementation.

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Ecosystem of Services

Social Investment and Homelessness: Perils and Opportunities

August 13, 2020
17:00 - 18:00
Understanding What Works

A panel discussing the potential and the pitfalls of social investment in designing and funding homelessness solutions.

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Ecosystem of Services

"London on Lockdown" / The Journal of the Plague Year Performance

August 14, 2020
12:00 - 13:30
Inspiration and Aspiration

A lockdown performance by Cardboard Citizens, followed by a discussion and Q&As.

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Ecosystem of Services

Impact festival finale: What doesn't work and sector reflections

August 14, 2020
15:00-16:30
Understanding What Works

Join us for this two part session as we seek to reflect on the impact festival, and what the sector as a whole has achieved during this challenging year.

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