Blog: 2016

Is Housing Really Ready to Go Digital? HACT’s digital housing programme for 2017

by Matt Leach - on 07/12/2016

Over the last week, I’ve been blogging about how housing needs to radically change its approach to going digital.  On Monday, I blogged about the five main failure points in UK housing’s approach to going digital.  On Tuesday, I focused on the three main barriers to change and how we overcome them.  On Wednesday, I asked the question quite how far housing businesses can go in digitally transforming themselves in 2017.  Yesterday I set out the key changes that need to happen if housing is to truly go digital in 2017 and launched HACT’s digital on board governance initiative, in partnership with TechUK and Hannington Tame.

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Is Housing Really Ready to Go Digital? How far could digital housing providers go? And what needs to put in place to get there?

by Matt Leach - on 07/12/2016

Over the course of this week, I’ve been blogging about how housing needs to radically change its approach to going digital.  On Monday, I blogged about the five main failure points in UK housing’s approach to going digital.  Yesterday, I focused on the three main barriers to change and how we overcome them.  Today, I look at how far housing businesses can go in digitally transforming themselves in 2017. 

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Is Housing Really Ready to Go Digital? Three major barriers to change

by Matt Leach - on 06/12/2016

Yesterday, I blogged about the five main failure points in UK housing’s approach to going digital.  Today, I’m focusing on the three main barriers to change.  Over the rest of the week, I’ll be be setting out a manifesto for sector-wide change, explaining how housing businesses can rise to the challenge and digitally transform itself in 2017. 

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Is Housing Really Ready to Go Digital? Five big reasons why housing is failing to meet the challenges and opportunities

by Matt Leach - on 05/12/2016

The UK housing sector is stuck in a technology rut. Ubiquitous connectivity, machine learning and automation are transforming businesses across the economy. But social landlords remain wedded to systems which in too many areas have failed to move on.

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What's the future of Community Investment?

by Sally Thomas - on 27/10/2016

Community Investment strategies are now changing considerably. HACT's Director of Communities talks to 15 housing associations to see what's going on in the sector and what needs to be done to succeed in these challenging times.

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End of an innovative era

by Matt Leach - on 26/10/2016

In December, I’m going to be leaving the housing world to join community funder Local Trust, after five amazing and enjoyable years heading up HACT, the housing sector’s in-house ideas and innovation agency.

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Better inform your service planning decisions with new data on the prevalence of loneliness

by OCSI - on 06/09/2016

Loneliness affects over 1 million older people in the UK, with very high associated health costs. Reducing loneliness among older people can result in fewer visits to the doctors, lower use of medication, fewer days in hospital and fewer admissions to nursing homes. The new data from Age UK helps focus resources to those areas known to have a higher prevalence of loneliness.

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The problem with housing and data

by Matt Leach - on 11/07/2016

In an adapted version of his Housing Conference 2016 presentation on housing and data, our Chief Executive Matt Leach tries to pin down why the housing sector is so indifferent to the power of big data.

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How to investigate the bottom line

by Christina Knudsen - on 28/06/2016

As our Community Investment and Bottom Line research project concludes, our Data Scientist Christina Knudsen reflects on the project and the initial key findings.

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