Redesigning the Runaway and Homeless Youth-Homeless Management Information System
- FYSB needs to collect data from RHY grantees to monitor outcomes on homeless youth.
- Abt will develop a new system to collect and report data using flexible system development.
- The data collection system will be launched at the end of September 2020.
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is required by Congress to develop and deploy a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for its Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHY). The agency wants to ensure it collects high data quality—and provides statistical analyses—from FYSB’s more than 600 grantees. Abt Associates is contracted to build and maintain a new, custom-built RHY-HMIS.
Abt worked closely with FYSB to develop the RHY-HMIS, which consists of two main components:
- A data intake and consolidation system to support data submission by FYSB-funded grantees, and
- The RHY-HMIS Dashboard, provides access to the data collected by RHY-funded grantees and federal staff.
The improved RHY-HMIS data collection system will provide FYSB with information necessary for decision making to enhance outcomes at the program level and nationally by:
- Improving data quality and integrity,
- Allowing for seamless integration between RHY-HMIS and the Dashboard,
- Enhancing the grantee user experience,
- Facilitating ongoing trainings and technical assistance.
Abt will recommend feature enhancements to the RHY-HMIS itself that allow for improved performance measurement, reporting, and analysis.