Methodology

Methodology is a system of tools and approaches you take to learn more about your issue -- they are often rooted in your overarching values and assumptions about the field. In homelessness research, there are so many methodologies to choose from, and some that are more appropriate than others depending on the context! Below we have a couple of papers that highlight some of the new trends, ideas or musings on what’s been working in the field and what hasn’t.

 

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Youth homelessness presents a complex and persistent challenge worldwide, particularly affecting young adults between 16 and 24 years of age in the US and Canada. This population faces elevated risks...
The paper explores participatory evaluation as a viable option for evaluating participatory processes. Participatory evaluation aims to actively engage diverse program stakeholders at various stages...
Abstract Problem— Community-engaged research (CEnR) is a complex, collaborative process that presents many challenges and requires investment of time and commitment by both community and university...
For some sample-based studies of the homeless, it may be relevant to adopt a period perspective, in which analyses focus on the mix of persons who experiences homelessness at least once during some...
Obtaining an unduplicated count of persons receiving homeless services is one of the primarly goals of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) initiative; however, accurately translating...
Geographers using qualitative methods face numerous challenges, including barriers to access to the research setting that emerge through the interactions among the researcher's identity, participants...
The difficulties surrounding research on homelessness are numerous and substantial. Using a statewide census of homelessness, this article analyzes and critiques common methodological techniques...
This methodology manual provides step-by-step guidance to adapting Beyond Shelter's "Housing First" Program, which essentially bypasses completely or limits transitional housing and...
A population is hidden when no sampling frame exists and public acknowledgment of membership in the population is potentially threatening. Accessing such populations is difficult because standard...
Using findings from a federally mandated statewide study of homelessness in the state of Iowa, this article presents methodologies developed to address various aspects of homeless research, including...