Making the Shift virtual event discusses how data infrastructure can support homelessness prevention efforts

Making the Shift (MtS), a youth homelessness social innovation lab co-led by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University, continues its “In Conversation With...” series on Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. with the third webinar, “Moving towards data for prevention in the homelessness sector.”

Michael Lenczner

Michael Lenczner

Matt Parker

Matt Parker

The event will feature guests Michael Lenczner, founding director of Powered by Data, Matt Parker, VP Innovation of HelpSeeker and Robyn Blackadar, president and CEO of PolicyWise who will discuss the importance of building and harmonizing data infrastructure in Canada to support homelessness prevention efforts and the immediate steps that can be taken to make this a reality.

Robyn Blackadar

Robyn Blackadar

Despite significant efforts and improvements in the advancement of data collection and integration, data infrastructure in the homelessness sector in Canada is not designed to support prevention efforts. Instead, it is built to respond to the immediate crisis of managing persons who are currently homeless. This webinar is an opportunity for researchers, service providers, advocates and policymakers to learn about the importance of moving towards data for prevention in the homelessness sector, and how we can leverage technology and data to better understand and prevent youth homelessness.

Audience members will also learn about the innovative research and knowledge mobilization work of Making the Shift at York U, a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab with a mandate to make the shift from managing the crises of youth homelessness, to a focus on prevention and housing stabilization.

Register for the online event here.

Interested in learning more in advance of the webinar? Check out this Issue Brief on Administrative Data and the Making the Shift Research Agenda.

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