What to Implement

Currently, HIFIS contains about 1,000 different fields. Most HIFIS sites use 20-30% of the fields, but each uses a different 20-30%. In other words, everything is used by someone, but no one uses everything. Whether you are implementing HIFIS for the first time, or looking for ways to enhance your daily operations by using HIFIS to a greater extent, it is up to you, the Executive Director or HIFIS Administrator, to determine which features you will use.

Consider your Operations

Before you implement HIFIS, think about how you currently manage your operations.

  • What is your mandate? For example, if your organization is a men’s emergency shelter, you may not need to use the food bank feature.
  • What kind of information do you collect about an individual? Do you currently keep records about your clients' housing history or financial situation? Although HIFIS can help you keep track of this information, if you are not currently doing so, you may want to consider leaving it out of the initial implementation.

Consider your Funders

What information do you need to provide to your funders? HIFIS can make it easy to report to your funder, but first you have to collect the necessary information.

Consider your Community

Is there any other information you need to gather? In some communities, stakeholders are working together to develop a local picture of homelessness. What additional information will you need to collect to contribute to these efforts?

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