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Canavan Associates began in 2003 as a specialized management information systems and education company. Initially working with social service providers, Canavan Associates managed implementations of data systems that were primarily used by homeless shelters to assist in the comprehension and measuring of homelessness. Managing director, David Canavan leveraged his national contacts developed over several years at the McCormack Institute to launch the company. As a systems administrator for their statewide homeless management information system he managed a data system that demanded high integrity, high availability, and confidentiality.

In 2004 Canavan Associates expanded its services to include evaluation and education. Along with Abt Associates, the QED Group, and others, the National HMIS Technical Assistance Project successfully evaluated over 300 communities' implementations of large data systems. The data from this project was included in the Department of Housing and Urban Development March 2005 Report to the United States Congress. Canavan Associates continues to be an authorized National HMIS TA Provider.

2005 brings the acceptance of Canavan Associates into the David Lynas Consulting Group. DLCG offers clients "leading edge advice from the world's elite information security consultants." This partnership recognizes Canavan Associates' work developing information security resources nationally in the US. It also launches Canavan Associates' first international project.

 

 

Canavan Associates provides professional services to the non-profit, government, and private sectors. Through experienced application of best practices learned from project planning and management, Canavan Associates successfully manages tools and resources to complete projects on time, on budget- fulfilling expectations.

Our consultants have developed expertise in maximizing the unique intersection of policymakers, system implementers, and end users to implement systems that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Whether your project is a new website, a secure wireless network, a study of municipal resources, or a multimillion dollar data collection system, we have created, managed, analyzed or implemented it.

Canavan Associates also provides technical assistance and training to communities that are implementing Homeless Management Information Systems.

 


   
Publications

Canavan Associates strives to inform our clients of best practices in the field. Our associates are proud to publish resources to support your work. Presentation slides in PowerPoint, a free PowerPoint Viewer is available for PC or Mac. Articles are in PDF, a free PDF viewer is available for PC or Mac.

DOCUMENTS
Directory of Disaster Response and Recovery Resources
As a Disaster Technical Assistance provider to Continuums of Care (CoC), Canavan Associates (CA) has been involved in CoC disaster management, including planning, response, and recovery, for nearly five years; CA has worked with various communities on this effort and has presented on this topic at both state and national conferences. We have seen first hand how quickly and compassionately CoCs respond to a disaster. We have also observed how CoCs could enhance response and recovery outcomes to provider organizations and consumers by having increased knowledge of the Federal response and recovery process. Therefore, under contract to HUD, CA developed the Directory of Disaster Response and Recovery Resources.
 
The Directory is written specifically with the unique strengths and needs of CoCs in mind and focuses on key disaster planning and preparedness information, summarizes the Federal response and recovery process, provides an inventory of resources that may be available to aid CoC organizations and consumers, and encourages coordination between the CoC and disaster organizations in all phases of disaster management. Highlights for organizations include information on grant re-programming, low interest disaster loans, and public assistance grants for debris removal and rebuilding; highlights for individuals include housing assistance, low interest disaster loans, individual assistance grants that can be used to replace personal property, disaster unemployment, and disaster specific food assistance. Throughout the Directory, readers are encouraged to utilize existing resources such as Information and Referral or 2-1-1, local Offices of Emergency Management/Services, the National and State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), FEMA, and the new Federal Disaster Assistance Website to stay informed of disaster events and resources.
Download Directory (large file) | Published on 22 October 2009

 

ARTICLES
Public Access Control: Community Strategies for Implementation
David Canavan - Canavan Associates
Download Article | Published on 07 September 2007

 

PRESENTATIONS
Disaster Response and Recovery
Alisa West Cahill, M.S.W., Canavan Associates
Download Slides | Presented on 14 October 2009
 
HMIS 101: Introduction to the World of HMIS
Fran Ledger, Canavan Associates
Download Slides | Presented on 14 October 2009
 
Creating Community Collaborations through XML
David Canavan, Canavan Associates and Barbara Ritter -
Download Slides | Presented on 24 April 2009
 
Emergency Preparedness Strategies: The Nuts and Bolts of Considering what should be a Priority for your Continuum
Darlene Mathews, The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness and David Canavan, Canavan Associates
Download Slides | Presented on 24 April 2009
 
Current Issues in Maintaining a Secure System: PKI Options, Cryptography and Current Threats
David Canavan, Canavan Associates and David A. Crist, Permovio, Inc.
Download Slides | Presented on 18 September 2006
 
Uses of HMIS to Support Disaster Operations and Recovery: Lessons Learned from Katrina/Rita
Brian Sokol, Abt Associates; David Talbot, DSI Inc.; and Fran Ledger, Canavan Associates
Download Slides | Presented on 18 September 2006
 
Implementing Security Requirements in the Final Notice
David Canavan, Canavan Associates and David Crist, Permovio, Inc.
Download Slides | Presented on 13 September 2005
 
Introduction to System Administration
Abram Hillson, David Canavan, Victoria Freeman
Download Slides | Presented on 13 September 2005

 


 

Our associates have developed expertise in maximizing the unique intersection of policymakers, system implementers, and end users to implement systems that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Whether your project is a new website, a secure wireless network, a study of municipal resources, or a multimillion dollar data collection system, we have created, managed, analyzed or implemented it.

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David Canavan / Managing Director
Fran Ledger / Senior Associate

 


 

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