School of Health in Social Science

Street Support Edinburgh: A new digital resource for the city

Evaluation of the implementation of Street Support Edinburgh (SSE) in response to the predicted increase in homelessness in Edinburgh following the Covid19 pandemic.

In response to the Covid19 pandemic, researchers at the Centre for Homelessness and Inclusion Health secured a research funding award from the ESRC Rapid Response Impact Funding to implement a digital information resource  for homeless people in Edinburgh, Street Support Edinburgh. Street Support Edinburgh was implemented as a ‘live’ digital resource in the city in January 2021 in response to the predicted increase in homelessness in Edinburgh following the Covid19 pandemic. It is the first such resource to be implemented in Scotland.

A subsequent mixed methods evaluation has assessed the implementation of Street Support Edinburgh (SSE), a website and smartphone application run by Street Support Network (SSN), a registered charity [no: 1177546] working online and offline, connecting and supporting local people and organisations to tackle homelessness.

Our findings reveal that the overwhelming response to Street Support Edinburgh from organisations in the homelessness field was positive. The success of on boarding sixty organisations comprising of approximately 200 support services is evidence of the positive perception of Street Support Edinburgh.

Our full report will be published in March 2022 and available here

Funding

Simon Community Scotland and St Paul’s and St George’s Church Micah Fund contributed to the funding of the implementation of Street Support Edinburgh, along with a research grant awarded from ESRC Rapid Response Impact Funding [EDIN-20/21-P0021]. The evaluation was also funded by a Data Driven Innovations Build Back Better Open Call [University of Edinburgh] award.  We want to thank all funders for their generous contributions to this project.