Understanding the functionality of housing-related support services through mapping methods and dialogue

Sarah L. Canham (Lead / Corresponding author), Mei Lan Fang, Lupin Battersby, Mineko Wada

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    This article describes the experience and process of using community mapping as a tool for collecting data on the functioning of housing-related support services in Metro Vancouver. We outline our mapping methods and discuss strengths and challenges encountered during workshops aimed at understandings how the system of housing-related supports function. Strengths were that workshops provided a forum for social participation and engagement. In addition, mapping is a research tool that enables local knowledge of service functioning and service gaps to be accessed and exchanged. Challenges include ensuring diverse representation; reducing power imbalances; and having adequate space to accommodate interested participants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-39
    Number of pages7
    JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
    Early online date18 Sept 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


    • Community mapping
    • Community-based participatory research
    • Housing services
    • Qualitative research methodologies
    • Social services
    • Community-Institutional Relations
    • Housing/organization & administration
    • Humans
    • Program Evaluation/methods
    • Public Assistance/organization & administration
    • Data Collection/methods
    • Group Processes
    • Canada
    • Community-Based Participatory Research
    • Qualitative Research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Social Psychology
    • Business and International Management
    • Strategy and Management


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