Chaired by Andrew Hudson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, this event reflect on PBE’s recent evaluations of homelessness prevention programmes. This discussion will highlight the associated data and evidence challenges as well as how value for money is monitored in our speakers’ respective organisations.

25 November 2021

9.30 - 10.30

Join us in person for a breakfast event at the Katherine Johnson Events Space, SW1H 9EA, or online for a livestream of the event.

We will discuss why it is vital for civil society organisations and governments to be able to create data-driven reports on the economic impact of homelessness and rough sleeping in order to create and develop intervention programmes that are fit for purpose.

Chaired by Andrew Hudson, and drawn from the world of policy, finance, and from the charity sector, our expert panel consists of:

 Ligia Teixeira, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact

 Jon Franklin, Chief Economist at Pro Bono Economics

 Helen Hodgson, Director of Value for Money Work, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities at the NAO

 Lucy Horitz, CEO at Glassdoor

 and many more speakers to come

This live event will contain plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask their questions of our expert panel.


Jon Franklin is the Chief Economist at Pro Bono Economics. He worked for the Government Economic Service for 13 years, working on policy appraisal, evaluation and forecasting in the taxation, property and aviation sectors. Prior to leaving, he was Head of Data and Information Strategy at the Valuation Office Agency. Before becoming Chief Economist, Jon has been an Economic Associate and a volunteer with Pro Bono Economics, working on projects relating to mental health, employment and education.

Helen Hodgson is a value for money auditor, with over 12 years’ experience assessing the value for money of government spending across diverse areas of public spending and where integrated service delivery is paramount to successful outcomes. This includes work looking at the criminal justice system, immigration and asylum, aid spending, defence projects, the work of the BBC and the NAO’s first value for money work looking at the Bank of England. Helen has a background in economics and a masters from the LSE in international development. Helen is currently the Director of value for money work covering the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities at the NAO.

Lígia Teixeira is the founding Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, a member of the What Works Network. She set up the Centre in 2018 and led the feasibility study which preceded its creation while at Crisis UK. Lígia is bringing ‘what works’ methodology to homelessness: the use of reliable evidence and reason to improve outcomes with existing resources. In 2019 Lígia was conferred the Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for her contribution to social science. In 2016 she was awarded a Clore Social Fellowship on Housing and Homelessness, funded by the Oak Foundation.

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