Education First Youth Foyer Evaluation: Research News 

We aim to provide the latest insights into the challenges involved in Australian youth homelessness, and news from our evaluation.


Evidence review

Promising innovations such as youth foyers need to be accompanied by robust evaluation. Our review of primary studies of the effectiveness of youth foyer or foyer-like programs for young homeless people concluded that there has been limited investment in building the evidence base in Australia or internationally. Well-resourced, rigorous evaluation and research are essential for the development of effective services.

Iris Levin, Joseph Borlagdan, Shelley Mallett and Jehonathan Ben 2015, A critical examination of the youth foyer model for alleviating homelessness: strengthening a promising evidence base, Evidence Base, issue 4.

(Evidence Base is the journal of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government)


Research report

Education First Youth Foyers represent a new model and practice approach to working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This research report focuses on the factors that made it possible to achieve a model that involves collaboration between government departments, community sector agencies and other organisations.

Joseph Borlagdan and Deborah Keys 2015, Throwing out the rulebook: collaborative innovation for the unfolding Education First Youth Foyer model (PDF, 804 KB), published by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Launch Housing.


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