Research projects

HACT is currently engaged in a range of projects to enable housing providers to demonstrate the impact of activity across the business, from launching new values to evidence the effects of moving people into secure housing to exploring the impact of community investment activities on the bottom line.

We are now delighted to share with you a number of exciting  projects, live, completed and recruiting for, focusing on key priorities to support housing providers in answering the critical questions you are asking in your businesses. These projects deliver actionable insights to help you deliver more with limited resource and enable you to prioritise spend by determining those areas and programmes that are most effective.

Evaluating sport and physical activity interventions

Generating insights about the value of delivering sport to drive strategic priorities.

Tenancy sustainment

Exploring what works when considering improvements to tenancy sustainment levels.

A toolbox for community-led housing

A toolkit providing confidence to professionals and agencies engaging with community-led housing projects.

What is the social purpose of housing now?

Exploring the questions and definition of social purpose for a new era.

Understanding resident satisfaction

Building real understanding of the drivers and consequences of satisfaction to create actionable business insights.

Future Assisted Living Technology

HACT is building a consortium of housing providers to explore and accelerate the development of Assisted Living technology.

Identifying Financial Vulnerability

Building a data model for earlier identification of vulnerable tenants.

Match funded employment RCTs in the housing sector

HACT is working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to run a series of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) with housing associations to test the effectiveness of employment support interventions.

Community Asset Transfer Toolkit

A new toolkit to assist providers wishing to transfer assets to community organisations.

Community investment and bottom line

Analysing data on community investment-relevant activities to determine how these elements affect business costs, including voids, arrears and ASB.

Healthy Eating

Investigating the ability of housing providers to undertake healthy eating interventions.


Quantifying the human cost of rough sleeping, and measuring the wellbeing value of a secure home.

Resident Satisfaction Scoping Study

Defining and developing a novel approach that will respond to current and future needs of housing providers.

Social value and procurement

A new, innovative approach to social value and procurement, covering the life cycle of the procurement of a wide range of goods and services.