Types of research services

We are pleased to offer the following services to clients:

Evaluations of programmes and projects

HACT conducts quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods evaluations of programmes, projects and interventions as a trusted partner within the housing sector and an independent body. External evaluations of your programmes provide a robust and unbiased analysis that can be employed as evidence to demonstrate the value of a programme, argue for change, and/or provide a framework for future projects. For example, we are currently progressing on a decent homes evaluation of a £150m stock improvement programme. We often involve academic partners, including the University of Birmingham and the University of York, in these and other large-scale projects.

Develop evaluative frameworks and tools

Using our substantive research expertise, we evaluate the existing evidence base in a particular area and develop robust evaluative frameworks. We are already working with several organisations to provide comprehensive social impact evaluation based on our Social Value Bank of community investment activities. We are extending this to cover core housing activity and homelessness. We can work with you to develop a framework or tool in these or other areas, helping you improve measurement and evaluative mechanisms within your organisation. 

Develop toolkits and resources

Whether you want to develop a toolkit or framework for the sector or for your organisation, HACT can help. We have worked with the sector on everything from employment and welfare reform, social enterprise and micro-finance projects to digital inclusion. Our Community Investment Framework – an interactive online document that provides practical advice and resources to help housing providers plan and organise their ideas – has been downloaded by hundreds of housing professionals. 

Analysis of new approaches across the sector

Two research publications launched in 2014 were part of collaborative projects with a number of housing providers. Projects utilising case studies and other comparative methods facilitate an exploration of different approaches within the sector, thereby adding substantive analytical value to the research. If you would like to explore how your approach or model compares to other organisations, HACT can help.

Develop strategies with you

HACT have helped housing providers develop community investment strategies and mental health and wellbeing strategies. We apply our extensive experience in participation, research and evaluation, to underpin strategy development. We provide guidance and support in implementing and embedding your strategy within your organisation, whether you are starting from a blank page or revising an existing strategy.

Consultancy services

HACT offers consultancy, working to get to know you, your team and your capabilities, and curating an approach tailored specifically for your organisation. In addition to helping housing providers develop strategies, we are currently working with housing providers on a range of projects, from helping them make best use of resources, setting up charitable foundations, to conducting reviews of strategic partnerships. We will work with you to find the best approach for your organisation.

Contact us to see how we can help you! Whether you've got a project in mind, a question you want answering or just want to have a chat about our research, you can email us or call us on 020 7250 8500.

What our clients say

‘HACT are directly addressing key questions faced by the sector with robust methods and are pushing boundaries of research with fresh thinking and innovative approaches.’

Steve Russell, Head of Research and Public Affairs, Midland Heart

HACT give you space to think, are generous and patient, and will rigorously test your hypothesis with finely tuned expertise. It might not turn out the way you thought it would, but this is true research.’

Mark Jory, Community Investment Manager, Helena Partnerships

‘HACT co-ordinated a complex research project in an efficient and highly collaborative manner. '

 Phil Miles, Director of Regeneration and Communities, Affinity Sutton