We work with government, research academics, corporate and philanthropic partners and the community sector in the areas of research and service development.
We do this to provide better services and support for the people who use our services and to drive policy and systems reform that facilitates better outcomes. We also use our research findings to inform public debate about homelessness and housing issues.
HomeGround has been involved in a range of research and service development projects, including:
Evaluation of the Melbourne Street to Home Program: Final Report The final report into a two year evaluation of the Melbourne Street to Home program by RMIT University.
What Makes a Difference Project
Measuring service outcomes
- North and West Metropolitan Aboriginal Access Outpost Evaluation
Co-location of homelessness and Aboriginal health services
- Melbourne Street to Home Evaluation : 12 Month Outcomes
Housing and health responses for people with long histories of homelessness and rough sleeping (RMIT)
- Accommodation Options for Families Evaluation
Getting vulnerable families out of unsafe rooming houses and into adequate housing.
- East Coburg ‘The Nicholson’ Evaluation
A new model of socially mixed community housing
- 360 Degree Integrated Homelessnes Services Offer Trial: 12 month evaluation
An innovative service delivery model, delivered in partnership with DHS and Centrelink. (Summary Report also available)
HomeGround staff and clients took part in the following externally driven evidence projects:
- Elizabeth Street Common Ground Interim Evaluation
Permanent housing and coordinated support for people with the longest experiences of homelessness (University of New South Wales)
- Opening Doors Evaluation (Victorian Department of Human Services)
- The Cost of Homelessness and the Net Benefit of Homelessness Programs: A National Study (AHURI, Murdoch University)
- Ageing out of place (Hanover Welfare Services, Housing for the Aged Action Group)
- The Cost of Being Poor (La Trobe University)
- Connecting the Dots (Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Evidence and Planning Branch)
- Role of community housing organisations in addressing the housing and support needs of homeless people (AHURI UNSW Social Policy Research Centre)
- Exploring homeless women’s use of Community Food Programs in Melbourne (Deakin University)
Some of our previous projects have included:
- The Homelessness in Melbourne Research Project where HomeGround worked with the Salvation Army and Guy Johnson of RMIT in what was Australia’s largest study of homelessness. The report, launched in February 2007 provided fresh insight and better understanding of the pathways into and out of homelessness.
- The Office of Housing, Child Protection and Family Services Demonstration Project which aimed to bring together public housing managers and staff, Child Protection Managers and workers, Child FIRST and SHASP providers to identify the best ways of sustaining families in public housing. The final report was delivered in 2009