Matching good plans with results

Picture 10Back in May, I referenced a Republican article about how the homelessness czar Philip F. Mangano lauds Springfield’s 10 year plan to end homelessness, drafted in 2007. Well, Chicago’s got one too, and theirs was drafted in 2003. And now they’re launching a pretty robust evaluation. According to the press release, “the evaluation of Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness will have four research components:

  • Follow 600 people as they navigate Chicago’s homeless system and study what happens to them over the course of a year.
  • Interview clients and conduct focus groups to document, from the client perspective, how well the current homeless system meets their needs.
  • Create a service inventory to track how homeless services have changed since the Plan’s implementation.
  • Conduct a comprehensive survey of homeless service agencies to identify successes in implementing best practice models and services gaps.”

In a few years, doing something like this in Springfield will be a great way to enforce and communicate a genuine results orientation. Now if only there were local resources to undertake a comprehensive and participatory evaluation like this….

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