A community of impact (CoI) is a group of people who work towards a shared passion or cause, and learn how to do the work better through interacting and sharing knowledge. IGH aims to create an online CoI for professionals working with people experiencing homelessness.
The IGH CoI connects members to a collaborative and dynamic global network of knowledge of what works in ending homelessness. The CoI involves the following activities: webinars, resource guides, and knowledge-sharing platforms.
Webinar Series: Effective homeless systems and programs
Our webinar series provides CoI members with a unique learning opportunity to engage with homeless experts on a curated list of topics. Each webinar centers on a key topic area with case studies and sessions led by subject matter experts. Topics for the webinars include effective prevention programs, Housing First, advocacy and government relations, measuring impact, gender and homelessness, reaching target populations, incorporating the voices of lived experience into programs, and spearheading system change.
Knowledge Sharing Platforms: Facilitated discussions on homelessness news and research
In order for members to have the space to engage and share with each other, IGH hosts discussions on several platforms, including Google Forums and the IGH Hub. IGH facilitates discussions around each month’s topic as well as promoting new streams of sharing based on recent news and research on homeless programs. As the CoI develops, members will increasingly drive the content and agenda based on their needs and interest.
Community of Impact Webinar Resources
IGH Community of Impact Webinar Series
IGH launched our Community of Impact (CoI) to connect leaders and practitioners to a collaborative and dynamic global network of knowledge of what works in ending homelessness. COVID-19 has represented an enormous challenge as the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations especially people experiencing homelessness.
In our first Community of Impact Webinar, we were honored to have three speakers who discussed how data and coordinated responses allowed their communities to adopt quickly and effectively to COVID-19 in order to protect and house people experiencing homelessness. The three speakers were:
- Jeremy Swain, UK Advisor for the United Kingdom Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
- Dr. Surashree Shome, Senior Manager at Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
- Molly Seeley, Special Projects Manager for the Institute of Global Homelessness
The video of the webinar can be found here. From Great Britain to Bengaluru, India, the speakers’ presentations had common themes in their presentations:
- Strong leadership with multi-sector coordination including the formation of taskforces resulted in improved communication, collaborative action, and led to better outcomes, and
- disaggregated data allowed leaders to better understand the scope of the impact and design new initiatives that are more inclusive and better targeted to specific populations.
Read the complete blog post here.