The potential of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in housing

Understand the potential application of RCTs to build robust evidence of what works in every area of housing providers' organisations.

Housing associations need robust evidence to inform decisions about how best to deploy increasingly scarce resources.

Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for measuring effectiveness. The origins of RCTs lie in medicine where the technique is considered to be the most reliable way to test new treatments. In this setting, the approach involves randomly allocating eligible participants to either receive or not receive the treatment with outcomes being compared after a particular time point. RCTs are increasingly being used in social research where the medical treatment is replaced with an intervention or programme and the effectiveness of these activities are assessed.

HACT is currently leading a programme of research using RCTs to produce robust evidence of ‘what works’ in housing. RCTs are particularly appropriate for the housing sector as this approach can be used by housing associations to produce robust evidence of the effectiveness of its activities to inform business decisions about the allocation of resources.

The first trials launched in January 2016, focusing upon measuring the effectiveness of tenancy sustainment activities. With the first wave of RCTs in the housing sector run by HACT well underway, we want to look forward to investigate potential future RCTs that organisations might be keen to run.

This session will provide an invaluable opportunity to hear about RCTs from Professor Shaun Treweek from the University of Aberdeen who has extensive expertise and experience of designing and implementing numerous RCTs in the health sector.

In this highly interactive session we will also look at the potential application of RCTs to build robust evidence of work in every area of housing providers' organisations, with a particular focus on ideas that attendees want to develop.

This session is essential learning for anyone interested in improving the quality of evidence in their organisation. 

Links - find out more about our tenancy sustainment research project that aims to investigate various services aimed at improving tenancy sustainment. 

Wednesday 20th April 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
Event price

Free for housing providers