Posted on Tuesday 17th July 2012
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The National Housing Federations' 2011 Neighbourhood Audit is the most accurate picture to date of the scale and variety of housing associations' community investment beyond housing. In 2011 housing associations invested £746.5m in community projects; £529.5m from their own resources and £217m raised from other organisations. Projects covered a wide range of services from jobs and training, learning and skills, health and well-being to community safety and employed around 11,000 people.
The report released today includes an acknowledgement of input from Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham for their assistance in the questionnaire design, validation of returns and primary analysis of data. This work was undertaken as part of a Collaborative (CASE) PhD studentship with the National Federation by Vanessa Wilkes, supervised by Professor David Mullins.
Vanessa's PhD has now moved on to explore HA approaches to measuring social impact of their community investment activities, building on a survey with HACT, the housing action charity.
David Mullins commented - "The NHF audited provides a welcome addition to our knowledge of the extent of valuable community investment work that housing associations are well-placed to undertake in partnership with others. Further work to assess the social impact of this work and to develop strategic frameworks to take this work forward is now a key priority for many organisations in the sector."
In addition to Vanessa Wilkes' PhD and David's work with HACT, TSRC is also involved in work on measuring social impact across the third sector.