WEEK 1

Smart Policy

Designing smart policies and programmes

In the first week of the festival, we will explore how public policies and programmes affect homelessness both directly and indirectly, and how smarter policy design could create significant impact.

Public policies and programmes affect homelessness both directly and indirectly, offering opportunities for maximising impact. In 2020 rapid changes were made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but what does the evidence say and how can change for good be maintained?

This week focuses on how new methods, innovation, technology and learning from different parts of society can help us build a future where homelessness policies and programmes are smarter and deliver better outcomes.

We’ll hear from government ministers to military strategists, policymakers and people with lived experiences of homelessness as together we explore how we can make policy smarter.

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All Smart Policy events

July 13, 2020

14:00 - 15:00 BST

Dr Lígia Teixeira
John Kay

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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July 13, 2020

15:15 - 16:15 BST

Dr Lígia Teixeira
Hannah Green
Gabriel Imevbore
Stan Burridge
Viki Fox

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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July 14, 2020

10:30 - 12:00 BST

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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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July 14, 2020

15:30 - 16:30 BST

Catriona Mackean
Emma Williams
Paul Atherton
Jon Sparkes

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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July 14, 2020

12:00 - 13:00 BST

Geoff Mulgan
Stephen Aldridge
Sarah Davidson

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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July 15, 2020

14:30 - 15:30 BST

David Halpern
Dr Lígia Teixeira

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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July 15, 2020

16:00 - 17:00 BST

Alina Turner
Jaime Rogers
Steff Jones

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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July 16, 2020

09:00 - 11:00 BST

Keir McCluskey
Eric Reese

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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July 16, 2020

12:45 - 13:30 BST

Julie James MS
Katie Dalton

The view from Welsh Government with Minister Julie James

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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July 16, 2020

16:00 - 17:00 BST

Nan Roman
Christopher Brannigan

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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July 17, 2020

13:00 - 14:30 BST

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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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July 17, 2020

12:30 – 13:30 BST

Lydia Stazen
Indu Prakash Singh
Elizabeth Madden

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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July 17, 2020

14:00 - 15:00 BST

Charlotte Victoria Tuminelli
Ammar A. Malik

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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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.

Further resources for Smart Policy

Listen
People Fixing The World (BBC): How To Help Homeless People In Hospital

In this episode, People Fixing the World talks to an innovative healthcare charity that aims to transform a hospital visit into an opportunity for long-term change and support for homeless patients.

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Read
Obliquity by John Kay

If you want to go in one direction, the best route may involve going in another. This is the concept of ‘obliquity’: paradoxical as it sounds, many goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly. Whether overcoming geographical obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting sales targets, history shows us that oblique approaches are the most successful, especially in difficult terrain.

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Watch
SHELTER documentary

From Vice Documentary Films, executive producer Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and the Peabody award-winning Renaud Brothers, SHELTER tells the raw and emotional stories of our brave young people as they seek help and hope at Covenant House.

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