Bob Pulster writes:

Dear ICHH Network Conveners and Coordinators,

As you all know evaluation is an important aspect of the ICHH Network pilots.  We have a tremendous opportunity to change the way homelessness is addressed in Massachusetts and we must document the successes and challenges of this pilot.

To that end, a group of network and innovation evaluators will be making visits out to the regions throughout July to conduct baseline site visits and to gather information on your\Network structure and your programmatic innovations for both families and individuals.  This team will be led by Madeleine Taylor of Arbor Consulting Partners and will include representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, One Family Inc, and the Fireman Foundation.

The goal of the baseline site visit in July is to get an updated picture of network plans and progress to date with a focus on family innovations, individual innovations, and network organizing.  In addition to collecting information on network organizing and innovation, the team may be able to provide some technical assistance at that time.   

These site visits will likely take a day to complete, with a meeting between the evaluation team and key members of the Leadership Councils in the morning and meetings with a family focused subcommittee, an individual focused subcommittee, and with the network coordinator in the afternoon.   The Network Coordinator or lead convener is responsible for ensuring that the key players from their region attend this session.

 In the first week of July, Madeleine Taylor will be contacting each convener/coordinator to schedule a 30 minute pre-visit phone call that will enable her to develop network maps for each region.  These maps will be the basis for on-going documentation of network evolution.

 The evaluation team has several dates reserved to conduct these visits throughout July.  Emily Cohen from One Family, Inc. will be contacting you to schedule these sessions shortly. 

Prior to the site visit we will be sending you a list of topics and questions for you to use in preparation for your site visit and to ensure that the appropriate network members are present for the session.

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