Research impact is both a process and an outcome of relationship building, collaboration, and meaningful partnership. Making the Shift (MtS) will contribute to social innovation by ensuring that interaction processes between researchers, policy makers, community partners, and young people facing homelessness are nurtured and supported through active partnerships and engaged research practices.
The diverse partners within MtS bring a wide range of resources, capacities, and expertise across end-users in government, communities, and the non-profit sector. Partners include service providers in the homelessness sector and beyond, and national, regional, and local organizations whose work touches on youth homelessness, as well as policy makers, People with Lived Experience of Youth Homelessness, international partners, and the private sector. By including representation from organizations and governments in diverse sectors, MtS will strengthen and create efficiencies in the pathway from early identification of research ideas through the research process and into solutions.
Key Research Partners
Given the nature of youth homelessness as a complex, fusion policy issue, research in this area is by definition cross-disciplinary. The capacity to convene around integrated research projects is a tested strength of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, A Way Home Canada, and their leadership partnership. MtS brings together over 100 researchers, who are connected to a broad range of research centres and institutes. This includes not only the top researchers in Canada and internationally whose primary research focus is on youth homelessness, but also a broad range of researchers and institutes with allied interests that touch on youth homelessness.
End-Users and their Networks
MtS partners that represent the multiple sectors that oversee children and youth’s healthy development and impact their (potential) experience of homelessness shape the research’s progress along the CPPI Partners include service providers in the homelessness sector and beyond, and national, regional, and local organizations whose work touches on youth homelessness, as well as policy makers, People with Lived Experience of Youth Homelessness, international partners, and the private sector.