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Can we measure homelessness? A critical evaluation of the method of 'capture-recapture'

Williams, Malcolm David ORCID: and Cheal, Brian 2002. Can we measure homelessness? A critical evaluation of the method of 'capture-recapture'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 5 (4) , pp. 313-331. 10.1080/13645570110095346

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This paper considers the possibility of accurately measuring the numbers of persons homeless in a given location, at particular times. It is maintained that such data are necessary to the efficient apportioning of resources, but hitherto have been unobtainable through 'traditional' methods of counting. In recent years researchers have advocated the use of the method of 'capture-recapture', a technique which utilizes information from duplicate cases to allow the number of people otherwise unobserved to be calculated. This paper describes and critically evaluates the use of this method in two studies in Plymouth and Torbay, UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1364-5579
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 08:17

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