Data Collection Tools

More than one million school-aged children fell into homelessness in 2015. Countless more were evicted from their homes because their families faced a sudden loss of income or an emergency expense. Such instability disrupts learning, increases absenteeism and leads to student disengagement. The Siemer Institute oversees a network of programs and interventions in fifty U.S. cities for families with school-aged children at risk of homelessness.

Supporting Family Stability

The Need

No single approach to homelessness prevention works everywhere, so our partners have the flexibility to identify the most effective solutions for their communities while working within a nationally managed collective impact model. That collective model required the use of a consistent assessment methodology, which could be applied at various stages of an intervention to measure its effectiveness. The solution needed to be user-friendly and flexible for service providers, and robust enough for the Siemer Institute to compare program effectiveness, identify best practices and disseminate those best practices across the network.

Our Solution

The Siemer Institute partnered with GroundWork group to develop a custom data collection tool based on the Arizona Self-Sufficiency Matrix. All users have an assigned security level which ensures they can only access data that is relevant to them. Service providers can only see information regarding clients their organization serves directly, while the Siemer Institute can see anonymous data across all organizations for comparison purposes. Local service providers save time by not having to generate outcome reports at the end of the year, and the Siemer Institute has access to real-time, accurate data to inform decisions and monitor impact.

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