Creating a Shared Data Standard for UK Housing

Housing data is not where it should be. Housing providers across the country are struggling to truly benefit from the insights that the data they collect has the potential to offer. Poor data hides costs and makes meaningful analysis on many aspects of the business frustrating. It also makes sharing data between housing providers and contractors a complex task. Bad data also contributes to a the lack of innovation in housing business management software with the market stagnant due to high costs of entry.

As a solution to this data chaos HACT has brought together a vanguard group of housing providers to create a shared data standard and reference architecture for the UK housing sector. Taking the Dutch data standard CORA as a starting point the standard will draw from the best data architecture from both inside and outside the housing sector.

As of April 2017, project partners committed include:

Bromford

Catalyst

Coastline

Halton Housing Trust

Hanover

Linc-Cymru

Orbit

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Thames Valley Housing

Together Housing Group

Waterloo

Viridian

How could a UK Housing data standard benefit your organisation:

•  Financial – a common approach to data definitions – for example tenant data fields across housing IT systems would decrease costs associated with bringing together profiling information.

• Financial – providing a starting point for data mapping exercises – at the moment housing providers are process mapping across the country, paying time after time to consultants for essentially the same product.

• Performance/VFM – a common set of data standards/definitions would enable progress to more effective benchmarking and other performance comparisons/collaboration.

• Strategic/financial – providing a common reference point for data and process definitions would reduce costs associated with migrating between systems (and integration and other costs associated with future merger and rationalisation activity)

• Strategic – with local authorities increasingly looking to require data from housing provider partners (most notably in Manchester at the moment, but it will spread) having a common set of data definitions would enable housing to get ahead of the game and reduce transaction costs when working across multiple authorities

• Strategic/financial – reducing barriers to and costs related to innovation, as new technology providers would not have to price in dealing with a unique data environment in every customer they sell into and the case for common APIs would become harder to resist

To get involved

If you're interested in contributing to this ground breaking project contact - jay.saggar@hact.org.uk