The following is an email today from Bob Pulster; if you are interested in attending this meeting, please leave a note in the comments or contact me, Gerry McCafferty,  (The ICHH is looking for 2-3 attendees from each region.)

 Dear ICHH Regional Network Coordinators:

I am writing to update you on planning for the evaluation of our Regional Network Innovations to End Homelessness.   I am pleased to inform you that the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation have awarded a grant to the ICHH to support our evaluation efforts.   This funding will support evaluation and technical assistance which will be made available to all of our regional networks.  It will also support ongoing peer learning opportunities.

 As you know in addition to collecting HMIS data, the ICHH has discussed the need for a “process evaluation.”   This type of evaluation would focus on each network’s health, dynamics, and performance including:

  •  network structure and composition,
  • trust and value,
  • governance and management,  

To assist in this exciting work we have engaged with the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), a national non-profit that helps to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems.  You may remember John Cleveland, Vice President and Co-founder of INC, who presented at the session conducted last summer on “Using Networks to Fight Homelessness.”  John will be joined by Madeleine Taylor, Principal of Arbor Consulting Partners of Boston.  Madeleine is the author of Net Gains, A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change.

 We will hold an introductory meeting on ICHH Evaluation Strategies on:

      Date:               Wednesday May 20th from 10am to 2:30pm

      Location:         Third Sector New England, 89 South Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02111-2670

 At this time we would also ask that you not invite potential evaluation subcontractors.   

 For questions or more information and to RSVP, please contact Sally Gillis at the ICHH at 617-573-1175 or Emily Cohen at One Family at 617-423-0504

 Truly yours,

Bob Pulster

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