Knowledge translation and implementation of housing first in Canada: A qualitative assessment of capacity building needs for an evidence-based program

Eval Program Plann. 2019 Aug;75:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.03.001. Epub 2019 Mar 19.


We examined communities' expressed needs for capacity building in the implementation of Housing First (HF) for persons experiencing homelessness. The findings are based on thematic analyses of qualitative data obtained from participants (n = 77) in 11 focus groups conducted in seven Canadian cities. We identified capacity building needs in the areas of training (e.g., HF principles, clinical services, landlord engagement) and technical assistance (e.g., intake coordination, client prioritization, fidelity assessment). These findings were used to tailor training and technical assessment (TTA) to the stages of HF implementation in these cities. Limitations and implications for future theory, research, and practice are discussed.

Keywords: Capacity building; Housing first; Needs assessment; Technical assistance; Training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Capacity Building*
  • Focus Groups
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*

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