The Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Conference

What can we learn if we start sharing data across projects?

In May each year, researchers from across Canada gather in Calgary to discuss the data they are collecting to support various projects related to homelessness. We have learned that our data can and should be shared to support new, better and more impactful analysis.

How can we use our collective data to produce better, more accurate results to inform the allocation of resources and end homelessness in our communities?

In short, how can we use our data to make a difference?

This 4th Annual conference spans two days:

This two day conference focuses on discussions among researchers across the spectrum about how to get more from our data, both collectively and individually. Presenters will also highlight innovative practices in data utilization, analysis, and dissemination, and look at how data is being utilized to drive impact in the homeless-serving sector. This event is aimed to spark new research ideas and generate questions around how research and data can positively affect individuals experiencing homelessness.

Join the Calgary Homeless Foundation and The School of Public Policy for Data That Makes a Difference, our 4th annual Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative. During this distinctive and informative event, we’ll also discuss future opportunities, and connect with one another to build our own networks in our shared vision of using data to make a difference.

May 28-29, 2019

University of Calgary Downtown Campus
906 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 1H9


 Stephen Hwang, MD, MPH is the Director of the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he holds a Chair in Homelessness, Housing, and Health. He is known internationally for his research on the health of people experiencing homelessness, the connections between housing and health, and interventions to improve the health of people who are homeless. Dr. Hwang is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a practicing physician in general internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Gabriel Pina is a Research Scientist at Child Trend, the U.S. leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. He works on quantitative analyses to research youth development and early childhood education issues. His research focuses on examining the impact of homeless prevention programs on child and youth residential instability and conducting benefit-cost analyses of early childhood education programs. He has extensive experience in quantitative analysis, particularly econometrics, quasi-experimental methods, and impact evaluation. He is passionate about effectively communicating research with data and used his expertise to create and teach a class about data visualization for several years.

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