Douglas House, supported housing services, practice model development and evaluation

Carrington, Ann, and Mensinga, Jo (2017) Douglas House, supported housing services, practice model development and evaluation. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

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[Extract] Executive Summary. This report documents the results of a preliminary investigation into the practice model that has been central to the Douglas House Supported Housing Service since its inception in late 2014. Neither the service nor the model had been formally evaluated, however, anecdotal evidence from staff and external agencies suggest that the service is achieving identified outcomes, with staff attributing much of the agency’s success to their commitment and implementation of the practice model. This report describes the model currently in use, explores its success in addressing the specific needs of the residents, and provides recommendations for the model’s future use in guiding practice within the service and the wider homelessness sector. This report recommends that future projects be initiated to explore and evaluate the service delivery model and its relationship with the practice model. The principal aim of the project was to capture the practice model implemented by staff. The research also sought to identify:•how the model being used may be different from the practice framework of trauma based, strengths and recovery approaches, originally identified in the Service Operational Guide (SOG);•why there may be a difference between the original practice framework and the practice model being implemented;•if the practice model being implemented is working to achieve the goals of the service and meet the needs of the residents;•how the practice model being implemented may inform the delivery of other services and fit within the broader practice context with this client population.

Item ID: 48550
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9954470-1-1
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This Research Report is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. You are free to copy, communicate and adapt this work, so long as you attribute James Cook University and the authors - Ann Carrington and Jo Mensinga.

Funders: Mission Australia
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 21:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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