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SXSW 2018

Can Data End Veteran Homelessness? Ask Virginia

In 2015, Virginia became the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness. To reach this goal, dozens of government and non-government veteran-serving stakeholders came together, shared data, and used it strategically to target limited resources. The effort’s leaders will debunk the myth that using data requires a high-tech solution. They will also discuss the challenges they faced, including privacy concerns, data gaps, and not losing sight of the human experience behind the numbers.

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  1. What role did data play in targeting limited resources to successfully house more than 3,000 veterans?
  2. How can government agencies and external partners successfully navigate privacy issues involved in data sharing?
  3. What were Virginia’s strategies for overcoming both technical and policy barriers to sharing data?

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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