The Solutions Database

Investing in proven solutions is a key premise of Opening Doors. The commitment to end homelessness compels communities to focus their resources on solutions that work, while encouraging well-designed innovations for continuous improvement. The USICH Solutions Database is a searchable source of up-to-date information drawn from around the country that federal, state, and local partners can use to further their collaborative efforts to end homelessness.  

Getting started

The database contains short profiles of important practices and programs, including tips for replicating and information about results, as well as links to help you find more information or resources you can use. The database includes several types of profiles.

  • Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) have been well-documented and implemented in a variety of locations and settings. EBPs are supported by evidence from a body of research that consistently shows positive outcomes.
  • Promising Practices have been implemented in several places and there is some evidence to show that these practices produce good outcomes.  A growing number of programs and communities are adopting these practices. We have chosen to include these practices because they demonstrate strategic approaches that could inform local efforts. However, more research is needed (or may be underway now) before they can meet the standard of EBPs.
  • Model Programs have been implemented in one or more communities, and these programs have demonstrated positive results.  Other communities may learn from these programs and consider replicating the program model, tailoring it to local needs, circumstances, strengths and opportunities. 
  • Emerging Approaches are programs or practices that offer promising solutions aligned with the goals of Opening Doors and seem likely to produce good results, but more time and evidence is needed to demonstrate their impact.

Included in each profile of a practice or program you will find links to other related profiles in the database, including more information about practices covered in program descriptions, examples of model programs that have implemented the practice(s) described in a practice profile, or similar programs that have been implemented in other places around the country.

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