Research Agenda

Guided by five intersecting themes, the MtS research agenda is designed to address gaps within the youth homelessness prevention evidence base and literature.

Five Intersecting Themes

Core Research Themes

Shifting to Prevention through Early Intervention

Sustaining Successful Exits from Homelessness

Cross-Cutting Research Themes

Enabling Health,
Well-Being and Inclusion

Enhancing Outcomes for Indigenous Youth

Leveraging Data and Technology to drive Policy and Practice

Making the Shift’s program of research was developed based on the belief that there are realistic and practical solutions to youth homelessness and that communities can implement these solutions when informed by credible evidence and supported by appropriate policy and funding frameworks.

Two core themes — Shifting to Prevention and Early Intervention and Sustaining Successful Exits from Homelessness — ground the work, while three cross-cutting themes — Enabling health, Well-being, and Inclusion;  Enhancing Outcomes for Indigenous Youth; and Leveraging Data and Technology to Drive Policy and Practice — ensure that the research agenda is focused on identifying how to arrive at better outcomes for young people. Each theme has a set of corresponding sub themes that allow for subject-specific insights from academic and community experts, including people with lived experience of youth homelessness.

By engaging an intersecting research framework, MtS will identify what prevention programs, policies, and interventions should be pursued, who they should engage, and in which contexts they are likely to be effective, thereby providing solutions to reduce the life-long health, social, and economic effects of youth homelessness.