In line with Iriss’ ethos of collaboration, working with a range of partners with knowledge and expertise in homelessness prevention was essential.
An open call was distributed across Iriss’ networks for expressions of interest in June 2014. In July, interested parties were sent a survey to gather information about their current priorities and challenges, as well as any innovations they wanted to highlight.
A scoping workshop was held in August, attended by approximately 25 participants from across the third sector, local authorities and private sector including : Barnardo’s Scotland, CELCIS, Choose Life, Community Resources Network Scotland, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Homelessness Network, Positive Prisons? Positive Futures, Simon Community Scotland, Hillcrest Housing Association, Inverclyde Council, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Queens Cross Housing Association, The Rock Trust, Scottish Government Housing Services and Regeneration Division, Shelter Scotland, Streetwork and Turning Point Scotland.
The scoping workshop served several purposes. It:
- provided an opportunity to sense-check the project outline
- provided a space for people from across the sector to share their experiences of approaches, pressure points and any evidence gaps
- helped to shape the ways in which the learning from the project could be shared
- helped identify themes and participants for two Iriss.fm episodes
- uncovered suggestions for case studies
- identified people to help develop a case study template
- help develop ideas about topics for an Iriss Insight evidence summary
Other project activities involved:
- in-depth interviews from which case studies and videos were developed
- desk research to develop the Insight evidence summary
- facilitating discussions with groups to develop the Iriss.fm episodes
- holding a workshop to bring together some of the partners involved in the project to share their learning and to highlight some of the key findings