Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. Changing Homeless and Mainstream Service Systems: Essential Approaches to Ending Homelessness. Documenting the Impact of System Change


Throughout this paper we have noted the importance of regularly assessing the progress of system change and redirecting efforts, as needed, to fulfill the goals of the community. Forward-looking communities create mechanisms to measure their impact from the beginning, ideally building upon infrastructure that can also advance the change itself. This section documents some of the successful efforts that communities have used to establish regular processes for assessing progress on system change. The discussion will cover two primary areas: system infrastructure components and evaluation processes.

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