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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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Housing and Health – How can we achieve real integration?

by Tom Allen - on 27/05/2015

Preventative health strategies could be a unique role for housing providers wishing to integrate more with the health sector. HACT's Housing and Health Intern Tom Allen discusses how the housing sector needs to start addressing the health requirements of their customers.

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Why should Value for Money include social value?

by David King - on 15/05/2015

A year on from the release of the Social Value Bank, housing providers are preparing to include in their Value for Money statements, initial attempts to apply the HACT social values to their community investment activity. Needless to say some very large numbers have been calculated which may attract questions, in particular from those who aren't familiar with wellbeing measurement and social value.

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Supporting Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – can housing do more?

by Paula Lavis and Andrew van Doorn - on 15/05/2015

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Paula Lavis from the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, and Andrew van Doorn from HACT, ask how Housing Associations can engage with the mental health issues of their younger customers.

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Building evidence into housing

by Tom Allen - on 06/05/2015

Following our Groups 4 Health training, our housing and health intern Tom Allen considers the challenge of putting evidence into practice.

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Connected Home Consortium x LSBU Housing Hackathon

by Jay Saggar - on 05/05/2015

After participating in this jointly organised event, our Connected Homes Consortium Officer Jay Saggar comments on the session.

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Finding common ground in community investment

by David Janner-Klausner - on 28/04/2015

David Janner-Klausner, ‎Business Development Director at Commonplace talks about how their product brings a new element of community engagement to local investment decisions.

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Exploring the evidence

by William Howard - on 27/04/2015

Bringing standards of evidence into the housing sector should not be seen as a challenge, but an opportunity. HACT's Housing Intern William Howard comments that housing providers need to look to other sectors to ensure that they don't get left behind.

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