Using RCTs to generate evidence


An invitation to participate in HACT's learning and innovation programme: using RCTs to generate evidence

HACT is delighted to announce a new programme, part funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), that will help housing providers to use randomised control trials (RCTs) to measure the effectiveness and impact of their services.  

The learning and innovation programme draws upon HACT's expertise of designing and implementing RCTs in the housing sector. It has been part-funded by JRF as part of a broader partnership between HACT and JRF to enhance the evidence base about what works in the housing sector, particularly in relation to employment interventions. The programme will enable housing providers to use RCTs to support the development of this sector-wide evidence base.

The interactive programme will bring together a select group of housing providers over a four month period, providing members the opportunity to:

  • understand the value of using RCTs, which are the gold standard of research;
  • make the business case for using RCTs within the housing sector;
  • enhance their research capacity and skills;
  • understand the methodology and process for designing and implementing RCTs within their organisations;
  • build a support network of peers, including those who have already implemented RCTs.

The programme will consist of a series of roundtables and masterclasses, with a proposed start date in August/September. Precise dates and locations will be determined in consultation with participants. 

HACT invites expressions of interest from housing providers. 

Please note: spaces are limited, and will be accepted on a first-come basis. The cost to participate per housing provider will be £1,000, which allows two members of staff per organisation to attend the programme. 

We anticipate that this programme will be of most interest to housing providers looking to enhance their research capacity and skills. It will also be applicable to community investment teams and other service areas who want to be able to demonstrate their impact and effectiveness. 

For further information please contact Laura Carmody or Frances Harkin.