Step 4: From Findings to Recommendations

The analysis conducted thus far should produce a clearer picture of the diversity of your area’s housing tenures, a rough quantification of how many people are living in each tenure, and a portrait of protections and vulnerabilities for each tenure based on the current legal, advocacy, financial, environmental and community landscape. The Oakland Pilot Study shows how we analyzed vulnerability along legal and advocacy lines, and we will add further analysis along the other three criteria as resources allow. If you would like to get involved in helping develop this work, contact us.

These three steps are the heart of HVA, and can be done by a relatively small team, or even a well-qualified student or other practitioner.

Step 4 is to turn findings into recommendations, and this requires a larger set of participants, especially in a complex housing situation. Perhaps in a smaller jurisdiction with limited diversity of both people and housing tenures, a single organization or agency could generate both the analysis and recommendations. But given the complexity of most housing landscapes, and the fact that the goal is to generate politically actionable recommendations, the best practice in our opinion for developing Step 4 is to convene a diverse group of housing advocates and experts to turn findings into recommendations. Click here for the Recommendations section of the Oakland Pilot Study, which includes further information on how we incorporated diverse voices.

Incorporating advocates from the beginning

We recommend incorporating advocates (or fellow advocates in most cases) from the beginning of the process. We first broadened our collaboration through interviews and outreach as part of Step 1, so that we identified a fuller range of advocates and organizations as part of defining the local tenure landscape. Many of these organizations will be vital to Step 2, especially groups working with homeless, informal and third way tenures, as these will be almost impossible to quantify using official data. Our first convening occurred using a draft version of the Step 3 analysis, in order to get feedback at this stage and to ensure that the specifics of the analysis addressed the specific needs of the local housing community. By the time we formally convened for Step 4, we had a group of advocates knowledgeable about what we were doing and already supportive of the process.

Continue to the Oakland Pilot Project report.