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Sustaining communities

by Will Howard - on 02/12/2015

HACT's Research Officer Will Howard blogs on why investment into building strong communities will reap benefits in the long term.

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Community assets matter!

by Frances Haskin - on 19/11/2015

During Community Impact Week, Frances Harkin recognises the benefits of supporting community-managed assets owned by housing providers, and looks to an upcoming HACT roundtable that will share a new toolkit on how to approach Community Asset Transfer.

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The importance of data standards

by Phil Goddard - on 17/11/2015

Phil Goddard, one of HACT's Data Scientists, blogs about how promoting consistent data standards across the housing sector could be a real game-changer for effective working.

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Going digital – what it means for the future of work?

by Matt Leach - on 04/11/2015

On Tuesday, I spend an amazing few hours at Digital First 2.0, the joint Halton Housing Trust/Connected Homes Consortium unconference on the future of housing technology

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Value Insight updated with the latest social value metrics

by OCSI - on 19/10/2015

The Social Value Bank has recently been updated to take account of the health impacts of community investment activities and Value Insight has now been updated to reflect this latest research.

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Value Insight updated with the latest social value metrics

by Emma Plunkett - on 13/10/2015

The Social Value Bank has recently been updated to take account of the health impacts of community investment activities and Value Insight has now been updated to reflect this latest research.

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The housing sector is facing unprecedented uncertainty – we need to innovate more not less

by Matt Leach - on 05/10/2015

HACT's Chief Executive Matt Leach comments that even with an uncertain future ahead, the UK housing sector must continue to seek innovative ways of working.

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Practice Governance: A guide for health and housing integration

by Peter Airey - on 25/09/2015

As housing associations increasingly seek to work in partnership with health care a key issue is the ability to put in place robust mechanisms for managing clinical risk across partners. Understanding and aligning practice along clinical governance themes not only starts to become necessary but also opens doors to partnership working and permits health commissioning with confidence.

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The wellbeing value of tackling homelessness

by Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - on 01/09/2015

Last year, HACT and Simetrica embarked on a new project, aimed at determining whether we could place a monetary value on the wellbeing uplift people experience by moving into secure housing. With the support of Affinity Sutton, Family Mosaic and Midland Heart, we explored key issues around homelessness, using the same rigorous statistical methods applied to calculate the values in our Social Value Bank.

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Are current approaches to measuring and analysing resident satisfaction fit for purpose?

by Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams - on 25/08/2015

Ahead of the launch of an exciting project, Frances Harkin and Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams reflect on the scoping study that explored current approaches to measuring resident satisfaction, completed over the summer. HACT and Simetrica uncovered a range of issues with current approaches and are preparing to begin a project to develop a new approach that addresses these challenges, improves the evidence base around resident satisfaction, and facilitates robust Value for Money calculations.

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