Focus Strategies: Stakeholder Input Report
Focus Strategies is providing technical assistance to MDHI to assess the performance of the regional homeless system and to begin making strategic shifts that will help reduce homelessness.
Excerpt from the report:
As part of this effort, Focus Strategies gathered and analyzed community input about the existing homeless response system in Metro Denver. This input process included two components:
- Stakeholder interviews: Focus Strategies staff conducted a series of about 20 one-on-one phone interviews with key stakeholders identified by MDHI
- Learning Collaboratives: Focus Strategies conducted three systemwide Learning Collaboratives during the months of September and October 2017. Participants included homeless system providers, local government representatives, and other key stakeholders
The purpose of the stakeholder interviews was to solicit information from those involved with efforts to reduce homelessness in Metro Denver to better understand how the current homeless response system is operating, as well as its key strengths and challenges. Individuals who were interviewed represented a diverse array of community agencies and programs in the seven-county Metro Denver region to elicit a variety of perspectives and opinions. Stakeholders represented included City and County officials, service providers, and CoC board members.
Similarly, the Learning Collaboratives were designed to provide a venue for stakeholder feedback and discussion on three essential elements of a homeless crisis response system: analysis of system performance, shelter diversion/housing problem-solving, and rapid rehousing. These public forums were also an opportunity for Focus Strategies to present information, evidence, and best practices on each of the three topics.