Centre for Homelessness Impact to join What Works network


The National What Works Advisor, Dr David Halpern, has welcomed the Centre for Homelessness Impact as a new member of the What Works Network. Its membership has also been backed by Communities Secretary RT Hon James Brockenshire MP, Ministers Kevin Stewart MSP and Julie James AM, and the Centre’s founding partners at Crisis and GHN. The Network brings together a group of What Works Centres that exist to enable policy makers, commissioners and practitioners to make decisions based upon strong evidence of what works and to provide cost-effective, useful services.

The What Works movement emerged over the past few years in other fields to help find more ways to link evidence to policy and practice after NICE led the way creating their evidence-based recommendations for practitioners about effective management and treatments in the health, public health and social care networks sector.

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing for the Scottish Government, said:

“When homelessness occurs, we want to ensure a quick and effective response to end rough sleeping by joining up planning and sharing resources across all frontline services. The causes of homelessness can be complex, so gathering a strong evidence base is critical to developing and implementing effective policy. A central source and knowledge on homelessness, such as the Centre of Homelessness Impact, can help inform the decisions of the Scottish Government and its partners and help us to achieve our aim of ending homelessness in Scotland.”

Maggie Brünjes, Chief Executive of the Homeless Network said:

“Everyone benefits if we do more of what works to solve homelessness and less of what doesn’t. We are so proud that the Centre has been accepted into the What Works Network with all the rigour and learning that will come from that. The Centre is now very well placed to help us shift our thinking and resources toward the most informed actions that can have the biggest impact.”

The Centre for Homelessness Impact champions the creation and use of better evidence to improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness by ensuring that policy, practice and funding decisions are underpinned by reliable evidence. It was founded by Crisis and the Homeless Network and is now independent.