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The housing sector is facing unprecedented uncertainty – we need to innovate more not less

by Matt Leach - on 05/10/2015

HACT's Chief Executive Matt Leach comments that even with an uncertain future ahead, the UK housing sector must continue to seek innovative ways of working.

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Practice Governance: A guide for health and housing integration

by Peter Airey - on 25/09/2015

As housing associations increasingly seek to work in partnership with health care a key issue is the ability to put in place robust mechanisms for managing clinical risk across partners. Understanding and aligning practice along clinical governance themes not only starts to become necessary but also opens doors to partnership working and permits health commissioning with confidence.

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The wellbeing value of tackling homelessness

by Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - on 01/09/2015

Last year, HACT and Simetrica embarked on a new project, aimed at determining whether we could place a monetary value on the wellbeing uplift people experience by moving into secure housing. With the support of Affinity Sutton, Family Mosaic and Midland Heart, we explored key issues around homelessness, using the same rigorous statistical methods applied to calculate the values in our Social Value Bank.

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Are current approaches to measuring and analysing resident satisfaction fit for purpose?

by Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - on 25/08/2015

Ahead of the launch of an exciting project, Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams reflect on the scoping study that explored current approaches to measuring resident satisfaction, completed over the summer. HACT and Simetrica uncovered a range of issues with current approaches and are preparing to begin a project to develop a new approach that addresses these challenges, improves the evidence base around resident satisfaction, and facilitates robust Value for Money calculations.

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Unlocking Estates

by Peter Molyneux - on 13/08/2015

Following a discussion among senior housing and health professionals hosted by Capsticks and Social Housing, which inevitably focused on unlocking public land, Peter Molyneux draws on four strategies housing should undertake to build up partnerships with health on capital projects.

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Celebrating assets within the community

by Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings - on 22/07/2015

During Community Centre Week, Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings highlight the role of community centres as local assets and the work that housing providers are doing to enable local community organisations to manage the community assets in their property portfolio, a process known as Community Asset Transfer. Working in partnership with Affinity Sutton, HACT have developed resources to support housing providers in developing their approach to Community Asset Transfer.

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Community Investment and the Bottom Line: project update 1

by Phil Goddard - on 15/07/2015

Over the first half of 2015, HACT has been pooling data from across nine housing associations to explore the relationship between community investment and bottom line performance. HACT’s Data Scientist Phil Goddard reports on the progress made with this innovative project so far.

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Evidence-based housing practice: making the most of scarce resources

by Jim Vine - on 10/07/2015

Housing associations have precious resources and great potential to deploy them in ways that can bring huge benefits to the communities they serve and the people they house. The financial constraints on the sector, including those ushered in by the July 2015 Budget, only serve to sharpen the imperative to maximise the impacts of the resources we do have. A relentless focus on definitively establishing what works most cost effectively, and then doing more of it, will be vital in meeting the needs of both the people we serve and our organisations as businesses.

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What community arts interventions can do for you

by John Coburn - on 16/06/2015

HACT's Head of Community Investment John Coburn blog following our recent event discussing tenant accessibility to arts and culture projects and the role housing providers can play.

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A Prevention Revolution

by Peter Molyneux - on 01/06/2015

Our housing and health project partner Peter Molyneux from Common Cause Consulting suggests a key role for housing associations in delivering on the prevention agenda.

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