Additional Data (Factor 3, Question 3.e.5; page 35) - Additional data means data not typically captured by the Point-In-Time (PIT) count, including youth who are couch-surfing, doubled up, living in unsafe situations, at risk of homelessness, unstably housed, or living in hotels or motels. The PIT count always captures youth living on the streets, in cars, other places not meant for human habitation, emergency shelters (including Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Basic Center Programs), and transitional housing (including RHY funded Transitional Living Programs).
New Innovation or System (Capacity for Innovation Section; page 35) - A new innovation or system, in this context, means something new to the organizations being described and might include the adoption of a new set of operating principles (e.g., housing first, rapid rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), trauma informed care, harm reduction) or perhaps a new tracking mechanism, information system, or operations structure (e.g., a system that tracks risk and protective factors, allows for unique case manager-client interactions, or restructures the program to better meet the needs of clients in an environment of limited resources).
Please note that stating that a provider will use a system or process that they are already required to use does not count as adopting a new innovation or system (e.g., RHY providers using a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)); however, using that system or process in a new, innovative way, does.
Universe and Target (Data and Evaluation Capacity Section; page 39) - The universe is the total number of youth who could possibly meet the performance goal (often the total number of youth in a given project), and the target is the total number of youth who actually do or will meet the performance goal. If, for example, there were 10 participants in a given project and 5 are expected to achieve a successful outcome, then the universe is 10 and the target is 5.