Fun with the System Evaluator

written by Norm Suchar
March 15, 2011

Today’s post come to us from Norm Suchar, director of the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building.

A couple months ago, we published a new tool that we’re calling the Homeless System Evaluator. Using the Evaluator, you can put in homelessness data and it will provide you with charts and graphs that help you see what parts of you homeless assistance system are working better than others. It’s a great tool for looking at the big picture.

So how does it work?

Here’s a small example, but if you want to see more, you should check it out on our website.

The chart below combines HMIS data regarding last place of residence for single individuals entering shelter and for those being served with HPRP prevention assistance. (Although I cut out some of the categories so it would fit better on this page.) It shows that a large percentage of the singles are coming from institutional settings, while most of the prevention resources are targeted to people coming from unsubsidized housing they rent. This kind of data can begin a conversation in your community about how resources are utilized, and it’s precisely the kind of thing the Evaluator was designed for.

Have questions? Send the Capacity Building Center an email.