Blog: February 2016

Randomised Control Trials: A housing case study

by Maggie Houghton - on 23/02/2016

As HACT launches several Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) in the housing sector, Maggie Houghton, Innovation Advisor at Hyde, reflects on their journey to better evidence.

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Setting the mental wellbeing scales

by David King - on 22/02/2016

David King discusses the importance and increasing popularity of the WEMWBS scale, but also looks to what remains to be understood to fully utilise it.

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Could IoT revolutionise building and home insurance?

by Jay Saggar - on 17/02/2016

When we think about connected homes there is a tendency to focus on consumer devices and products that dominate most of the technology press coverage. This could be smart light bulbs that turn on as we approach home- aided by the GPS data generated by our smart phones or the networked fridge that orders you milk when you are running low. However this is only one narrow conception of what IoT can do for us and in the housing context arguably the part that will be slowest to realise.

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Making it easier to produce evidence

by Jim Vine - on 03/02/2016

For a sector that has historically had more experience of case study evidence than evidence of effectiveness, producing this new type of evidence can be daunting. The newly-published Standards of Evidence make it easier to produce evidence by providing a consistent process to follow.

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