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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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Randomised controlled trials start: launching housing RCT research

by Jim Vine - on 28/01/2016

As housing associations demand more and better evidence on which to base their decisions, HACT's randomised controlled trials of tenancy sustainment initiatives are getting underway.

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Innovate, but still evaluate and keep it randomised!

by Professor Shaun Treweek - on 26/01/2016

Ahead of the launch of the Standards of Evidence, Professor Shaun Treweek talks about the benefits of Randomised Controlled Trials and how they can be used in the housing sector.

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From a connected home to connected housing

by Jay Saggar - on 19/01/2016

This could be the year in which IoT finally finds its place in the home with business cases becoming sharper and an increasing awareness among housing providers of the potential value connected devices can offer their organisations.

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Resolutions – not just for the New Year!

by Stephanie Harrison - on 14/12/2015

As the New Year comes around, Stephanie Harrison, Executive Director at Regenda Group guest blogs on what their top priorities will be and the increased focus on delivering social value.

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Overcoming the housing sector's biggest skills gap

by David King - on 09/12/2015

How can we make full use of the data revolution?

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Social value in harder times

by Carole Wildman - on 08/12/2015

In the run up to our 'Social Value in Harder Times' conference in January, Carole Wildman, Corporate Director of Growth at Walsall Housing Group guest blogs about the need to get smarter about social value when faced with challenging times ahead.

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Sustaining communities

by Will Howard - on 02/12/2015

HACT's Research Officer Will Howard blogs on why investment into building strong communities will reap benefits in the long term.

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Community assets matter!

by Frances Haskin - on 19/11/2015

During Community Impact Week, Frances Harkin recognises the benefits of supporting community-managed assets owned by housing providers, and looks to an upcoming HACT roundtable that will share a new toolkit on how to approach Community Asset Transfer.

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