Blog: 2020

The Smart Social Home

by Rowley Maggs, SmartRent - on 26/05/2020

The notion of a smart home may sound futuristic; however, home automation is becoming more common and already improving the homeowner experience by enabling access control, climate management, lighting, and the emerging benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) that automate tasks normally handled by humans.

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Mental health and social housing: responding to the current crisis

by Will Howard, housing and health officer, HACT - on 21/05/2020

It will come as no surprise to those who’ve been keeping up with the news, working on the frontlines with residents, or even just listening to friends, colleagues and family, that the current period of crisis and lockdown is having a significant impact on the mental health of the UK population.

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Understanding the impact of covid-19 through research

by Frances Harkin - on 12/05/2020

While coronavirus, lockdown and social distancing have forced us to adapt as organisations, it is still vital that we remain research focused. HACT are eager to work with the sector to understand what the impacts have been, and will continue to be in the longer term.

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Why hope matters now, more than ever

by Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT - on 29/04/2020

Over the last six weeks, we’ve been talking with colleagues from over a hundred housing associations across the UK on a regular basis. Initially, those discussions were focused on identifying vulnerable residents and the best ways of organising the distribution of food and medicine and other essential supplies. Now, those conversations are changing.

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The need for a data culture with standards at its heart

by Thames Menteth-Wheelwright, Events and Communications Officer - on 23/04/2020

Data has been crucial to how the housing sector has been able respond to this crisis. How it plans and manages crises in the future will also depend on creating robust and long lasting data cultures.

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Our journey through crisis

by Mick Kain, Organisational Facilitator, Trainer and Coach - on 14/04/2020

Following on from his short blog post last week, Mick elaborates on the crisis curve.

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Time to find your partners

by Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT - on 14/04/2020

We had a number of conversations last week with community investment professionals about the role of local community hubs and local resilience networks, so we thought we’d share what we know about them, as well as how partnering is becoming the modus operandi.

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New functionality on Community Insight

by Thames Menteth-Wheelwright - on 09/04/2020

The need for business intelligence has never been so critical. The new functionality added to Community Insight, including the option to upload your own stock, might just help you reach the answers that you’re looking for and help you target local need.

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Understanding the crisis you're in

by Mick Kain, Organisational Facilitator, Trainer and Coach - on 06/04/2020

There’s an analogy I used to share when talking to people about how to deal with a crisis: if I accidentally set fire to my wastepaper bin, for me, that would be a crisis. My attention would focus solely on the fire. I know I don’t want it to spread, but, unused to dealing with fires, I wouldn’t be able to decide whether I should get some water to put it out or move the bin out of the room. The crisis would put my head into a spin.

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Using research to shape our decisions

by Victoria Dufferwiel, Policy & Research Analyst, Thirteen Group - on 25/02/2020

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) involves gathering information, facts and analysis about a particular policy, project, initiative or market so that informed decisions can be made.

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