CEI is thrilled to be using its expertise to support the NSW Government in its goals ofcontinuous improvement and using evaluation findings to inform future commissioning, policy and practice decisions, through our recent appointment to lead the four year process, outcome and economic evaluation of the Supported Transition and Engagement Program (STEP), in a consortium with the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia and University of Melbourne.
The evaluation of the STEP extends and deepens CEI’s expertise in the homelessness and housing sector.
Through the STEP, the NSW Government is investing $22.1 million over 4 years to provide strengths-based, wraparound housing and support for people experiencing primary and secondary homelessness in Inner City Sydney and across NSW. The objectives of the program are to:
Rapidly rehouse people experiencing primary or secondary homelessness with a plan for long term housing
Provide access to culturally appropriate health, mental health and wellbeing services
Rebuild family, community and cultural connections
Support the development of daily living and self-management skills
Facilitate engagement with positive structured activities such as social groups, education and/or employment
CEI is leading a robust and comprehensive process, outcome and economic evaluation of the program to measure the impact of the investment, provide timely feedback about whether the program has been implemented as intended and measure outcomes at the client, program and system-level. The findings from evaluation will form a high quality evidence base on the feasibility, effectiveness and economic benefit of delivering STEP compared to current service provision.