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    HPRI Year 2 Reflection: Collective Impact as a Framework for Collaborative Homelessness Research

    Homelessness Policy Research Institute

    Year: 2020

    The Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI) is a collaboration between over 40 researchers and policymakers working to accelerate equitable and culturally informed solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles County by advancing knowledge and fostering transformational partnerships between research, policy and practice. HPRI utilizes the collective impact framework to reimagine how researchers can collaborate and start a new dialogue between policymakers, researchers, service providers and people with lived expertise. Collective impact is a new variation of collaborative governance, explicitly intended to address difficult to solve social problems through a structured and resourced cross-sectoral collaboration framework (Kania and Kramer, 2011). The framework prescribes elements such as a “common agenda”, “continuous communication”, and a “shared measurement system” to ensure coordinated and meaningful collaboration across organizations and individuals.

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