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Constructing Understandings of Homeless Populations - CUHP, Final Report, EUR 23119

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-50014


CUHP (Constructing Understandings of Homeless Populations) is a thematic network on homelessness, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the French National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), during the period January 2003-December 2005. It has brought together seven teams with multidisciplinary expertise in the field of homelessness research.
The main purpose of the network was to describe and map various methodological approaches to the study of homelessness, examining the relationship between methodology and policy context, and between methodology and theory. With help from representatives of NGOs and public agencies in five cities, it has also explored priorities for research in relation to different homeless populations. Most of the works were discussed and presented during five workshops, which were held place in different cities (Paris and Madrid in 2003, Copenhagen and London in 2004, Milan in 2005), and the most important conclusions were presented at the concluding conference in Brussels on November 3-4, 2005. The papers delivered during this 3-year period and some other relevant documentation can be found on the website .
The final report presents CUHP's reflections on the issues of definition, ethics, and theoretical approach (social capital, risk, social exclusion...), as well as methodological recommendations on quantitative and qualitative methods. The network proposes a classification of research methods, and gives guidelines for adapting methods to questions and resources: it deals in particular with the choice between point-in-time or longitudinal statistical data, qualitative or quantitative approaches, and with questions for inclusion in surveys on the general population. It also relates methodological and policy experience from other countries, and integrates the preoccupations of NGOs and policy makers. Finally, some policy implications are developed, particularly on the issue of prevention strategies.

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