Ask Me Anything! Point-in-Time Counts with Patrick Hunter and Adam Anderson from HPS and Jesse Donaldson from the COH
Are you thinking of participating in Everyone Counts: the 2018 Coordinated Point-in-Time Count? Are you currently conducting a PiT Count? Do you have questions? Join us, and a group of PiT Count experts, for our 2nd PiT Counts Ask Me Anything (AMA).
In February 2017, the Government of Canada announced Everyone Counts 2018, the second Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) Coordinated Point-in-Time Count, to be held between March and April 2018. This count will continue to help communities measure their progress in reducing homelessness. Participating communities will use a common set of survey questions to better understand homelessness at a local level, while also contributing to the understanding of homelessness across Canada.
In 2016, a total of 32 communities participated in the first nationally coordinated PiT count. Key findings from this PiT count, which ended on April 30, 2016, were published in Highlights – 2016 Coordinated Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness in Canadian Communities.
If you have an upcoming PiT count, would like to conduct one, or if you have any unanswered questions, join us and PiT Count experts for our Ask Me Anything (AMA)!
You are encouraged to post your questions in advance of the AMA. Alternatively, you can join the discussion, live from 1-2PM (ET) on May 9, 2017.
All questions are welcome! The experts can cover topics such as:
- PiT count methodology
- Changes to the survey from 2016 to 2018
- The 2018 Coordinated PiT Count
- The HPS Core Standards
- Youth Point-in-Time Counts
- The HIFIS PiT Count Module
- Results of the 2016 Coordinated PiT Count
- Survey development
- Available PiT Count Resources and Support
Is your question time sensitive? Don’t wait! You can post urgent questions on the Workspace or contact HPS or the COH directly. Look back at our first PiT Counts AMA from last year.
About the experts:
Patrick Hunter has been a Policy Analyst with the HPS on the Knowledge Development team since January 2011. He is the lead analyst on the development of the HPS Point-in-Time Count approach and is the author of the HPS Guide to Point-in-Time Counts in Canada as well as the report, Highlights – 2016 Coordinated Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness in Canadian Communities. Before joining the HPS, Patrick completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Adam Anderson works as a Policy Analyst for the Homelessness Knowledge Development team at HPS. Since starting in February 2015, Adam has had the privilege of participating in PiT Counts in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay. He has been involved in all aspects of the HPS PiT Count project, from the PiT Count approach to data management. Prior to HPS, Adam worked at the Office for Disability Issues. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University.
Jesse Donaldson As the National PiT Count Coordinator at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Jesse is available to assist communities that are participating in the 2016 Coordinated Count. Jesse can answer PiT Count questions pertaining to planning, partnerships, implementation and the COH PiT Count Toolkit. Previously, Jesse co-authored the State of Homelessness 2013, Coming Together: Tackling Unemployment Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Leaving Home: Youth Homelessness in York Region.
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