Performance Improvement 2009. Does Existing Research Reliably Characterize Homeless Families?


This study explored the research on homeless families with children, identified key knowledge gaps and considered whether these gaps might most efficiently be filled through secondary analysis of data, adding questions or a module to planned surveys that include low-income people, or whether new primary data collections were needed.

The data were insufficient to evaluate and develop a typology of homeless family and child characteristics. Researchers recommended adding questions or a module to planned evaluations or surveys that included low-income people as the best way to collect more information to inform a typology.

Report Title: Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Anne Fletcher, 202-690-5739
Performer: Westat, Inc.
PIC ID: 8857

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