Ask Me (us) Anything! We are PiT Count experts from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Are you conducting a PiT Count? Do you have questions? Join us, and a group of PiT Count experts, for our 2nd Ask Me Anything (AMA).
Point-in-Time (PiT) counts have been undertaken across Canada, and more counts are due in the coming months. 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 2nd 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 February 17, 2016.
All questions are welcome! The experts can cover topics such as:
- The HPS Core Standards
- Survey design and development of local questions
- Calculating your enumeration
- Requesting data from shelters, health facilities and correction facilities
- Hidden homelessness
- Volunteer training and recruitment
- Data input and analysis
- The HIFIS PiT Count Module
- Reporting back to the community
Is your question time sensitive? Don’t wait! You can post urgent questions on the Workspace or contact HPS or the COH directly.
To learn more about AMAs, check out our previous AMA with Wally Czech on Housing First.
More about us:
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.
Henry Dagher is the manager of the HIFIS Development Team at the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. The team produces both HIFIS 3 and the new web-based HIFIS 4. He has been with HIFIS since 2005.
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. Before joining the HPS, Patrick completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Aaron Segaert is with the Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada, where he has led research for the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) since 2009. He is the author of the National Shelter Study, the first national report to establish a baseline count and description of the homeless population in Canada. He also made the first-ever national estimate of homelessness among Canadian Veterans. Dr. Segaert studied sociology at McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, specializing in social psychology, research methods and statistics.
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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