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Manning, Rachel M and Greenwood, Ronni Michelle (2019) Understanding innovation in homeless service provision: a study of frontline providers' values-readiness for change. Administration and Policy in Mental Health , 46 , (5) , pp. 649-659.

Service innovation for adults experiencing mental illness and homelessness typically involves shifting from treatment-led, staircase models toward recovery-oriented, Housing-First models. Aligning frontline service providers' values to those embedded within newer models is an important, but under-investigated, influence on the innovation process. To assess values alignment in this context, we conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with frontline providers in staircase services in Ireland (n = 50). Data showed that, while their values mostly aligned to the treatment-led model, there was meaningful evidence of more recovery-oriented values, too. Strategies to enhance innovation through values-alignment are discussed.


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