An Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) workshop

Homelessness remains a vitally important social and political priority in Wales, as evidenced by the recent National Assembly for Wales inquiry into rough sleeping and the introduction of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

During this event delegates will hear about key developments in data collection and reporting of homelessness in the UK: the Street Homeless Information Network (SHIN) in Wales, and the Centre for Homelessness Impact’s work on developing a rough sleeper data sharing platform in Scotland. Delegates will also hear from the initial stages of a
Welsh Government/UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) project exploring different approaches to centrally collecting information on households/people assisted under the Housing (Wales) Act.

Delegates will be invited to contribute to the feasibility study into a new Wales wide data collection system by participating in a problem solving activity. The aim of the workshop activity is to engage with the homelessness and housing sector in Wales and gain your perceptions and insights on alternative approaches to statutory homelessness data collection in Wales.

The programme
 Adam Golten, SHIN project manager from The Wallich will outline the new Street Homeless Information Network, a nation-wide case management platform for sharing information about people sleeping rough in Wales. A particular focus of this presentation will be on the benefits of a case management system for rough sleeping in Wales and
some of the challenges faced in the creation of SHIN.

 Dave Russell, an associate from the Centre for Homelessness Impact will outline findings from the centre’s recent options appraisal for a new data collection looking at rough sleeping in Scotland. The aim of this collection is to provide new data on rough sleeping/street homelessness to complement data that local authorities already collect,
and provide a means of sharing knowledge between statutory and third sector services.

 Ian Thomas from the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) will give an overview of their work on alternative approaches to statutory homelessness data collection in Wales. This project is jointly funded by CaCHE and Welsh Government and could radically change the evidence base on homelessness in Wales.

 Structured discussion – Delegates will be provided the opportunity to input into the design of a new homelessness data collection, reporting, and analysis system for Wales.The discussion will be based around an activity where delegates will be asked to consider the benefits and issues of different forms of data collection.

Who should attend?
The event is aimed at those working in the fields of homelessness in Wales including those in academia, third sector, local and national government.

Delegate registration is from 12:30pm prior to the event starting at 1pm. The event will finish at 4pm.