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Making Homelessness Programs Accountable to Consumers, Funders and the Public

Dennis P. Culhane, University of Pennsylvania
David Eldridge, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Rosenheck, Yale University and the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Carol Wilkins, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Abstract

This paper discusses how different types of performance measurement can be used to improve the accountability of homeless programs to consumers, funders and to the public. A distinction is made between the kinds of data used in formal research projects and data that can be practically obtained in a practice setting. Consumer outcomes are discussed in terms of accountability to consumers, program outcomes in terms of accountability to funders, and systems outcomes in terms of accountability to the public. Cost-benefit analyses are also discussed as providing another critical dimension of accountability to funders and the public.

Suggested Citation

Dennis P. Culhane, David Eldridge, Robert Rosenheck, and Carol Wilkins. "Making Homelessness Programs Accountable to Consumers, Funders and the Public" National Symposiums on Homelessness Research (1997).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dennis_culhane/23