Director of Research, MtS DEMS
Jessica Carriere, PhD, is the Director of Research for Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Projects (MtS DEMS), a national research initiative focused on building policy and program evidence to implement and evaluate community-based intervention strategies to provide actionable evidence, information and practice tools to prevent and end youth homelessness. She completed her PhD in Public Policy at the University of Toronto, where she studied the local impacts of large-scale shifts in social and community service frameworks with the introduction of place-based policy in Canada.
Jessica has worked as an advisor to the Quality Assurance Office of the Ministry of Children and Family Development as a 2017-18 Canadian Science Policy Fellow, and a Research Associate with the Wellesley Institute and the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership at the University of Toronto. She has expertise in the design and evaluation of housing, homelessness and community social service frameworks, policy and programs, and the application of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) tools and methods to track, evaluate and improve the real-world impacts of programs and services for diverse and marginalized populations with complex needs; connecting research evidence to practice.