ABOUT US

Strengthening communities through systems

Canavan Associates (CA), is a boutique consulting team based in Cambridge, MA.  Founded in 2003 by David Canavan, CA takes a ground-level, transparent, and systems-based approach to address complex community problems related to poverty, low-income households, and homelessness. 

On the federal level, CA consults on the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which enables local homeless service providers, Continua of Care (CoCs), across the United States to collect data in order to better assist individuals at risk of homelessness. David Canavan is a member of the HUD SNAPS Disaster Technical Assistance (TA) team, and works with local officials, CoCs, the American Red Cross, and FEMA to support rehousing, disaster sheltering, and resource alignment for CoCs during disaster response and recovery. More recently, the CA team has helped national and local governments, such as the City of Santa Monica, reconceptualize their human service systems so that vulnerable individuals can most effectively access them.

Our services include:

Engaging community leaders

Training development and delivery

 

Consensus building

 

Collaborative decision making

 

Connecting local leaders with data expertise

 

Software governance

Structuring community processes  

 

Confidential data use and disclosure

 

Project and program design

 

Policy development and implementation

 

Performance measurement

Managing transparent, public procurement

of software RFPs

info@davidcanavan.com     |     617-492-0562      |     84 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140