Needs Assessment and Program Evaluations

Focus Strategies works at the system and program level to ensure that community programs are operating efficiently and effectively. We tailor technical assistance to our client communities, in order to best help clients understand what is necessary to reduce homelessness within their specific community. Our work in this area includes:

• Conducting homelessness system and program evaluations; and
• Conducting system-wide housing needs assessments.

Needs Assessment and Program Evaluations Projects

Focus Strategies has assisted communities in understanding the needs and current performance of their local homeless system and specific programs within the system. For example, in San Mateo County, we evaluated the effectiveness of their motel voucher program for homeless families, a key element of the community’s strategy to reduce homelessness.

For a sample of our work in this area, several needs assessment and program evaluation publications that we have developed for various communities are listed below:

County of San Mateo | Motel Voucher Program Evaluation Report
Report published November 2015

Community Technology Alliance | Assessment of Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing Program in San Jose
Report published July 2012

Other clients we’ve worked with in this area include:

• Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (August 2015 – Present)
• Valley of the Sun United Way (August 2015 – Present)
• Melville Charitable Trust (July 2016 – February 2016)
• Orange County (2013 and 2015)
• Alameda County, California (2012)