The Homeless System Evaluator helps communities understand the performance of their homelessness system, different programs, and program types within the system. Specifically, this tool helps determine whether a community’s homeless assistance system moves people into permanent housing quickly, helps people remain in housing, and generates these and other positive outcomes cost-effectively. Communities enter data from HMIS, APRs, and program budgets into the tool, which then displays the data in charts and graphs that can help communities identify trends.
This updated version of the Evaluator tool includes graphs that compare the performance of individual programs, the ability to measure performance compared to national benchmarks, and simplified cost-effectiveness and system performance data entry. Eight instructional videos help communities complete the tool and better analyze the graphs.
The Evaluator is currently being used by communities preparing to implement the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act as part of the Alliance’s System Design Clinic. Data from the Homeless System Evaluator can be used to populate the Performance Improvement Calculator.
If you need additional assistance with the tool, please email the Center for Capacity Building.