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Talk: 'A Story of Love, Data, and Agile Inquiry'

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

The Department of Communication and the Center for Service and Community Engagement are co-sponsoring a research talk by Tim Huffman, Ph.D., at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Room 332, Xavier Hall, about his work examining St. Louis area structures serving people experiencing homelessness.

The presentation will trace the ways inquiry, research, and data engagement played a vital role in the two year process of creating a regional structure in the service of people living without homes in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area. The created entity, the St. Louis Area Regional Commission on Homelessness, aims to significantly improve the effectiveness and dignity of the human service system through coordinated region-wide decision-making, data infrastructure, services, priorities, and strategic plans. While the case shows the promise for inquiry contributing to justice-oriented change efforts, it also challenges assumptions about research timelines and activities.

This discussion takes up questions about the need for research methodologies to be agile, radically multi-methodological, focused on data/knowing infrastructure, and oriented around care. These frameworks offer a compelling addition to community-engaged scholarship.

Refreshments will be served after the talk.