HACT and University agree Scoping Report

Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2013

Maple Bank, The ValeDr Tricia Jones has produced a detailed Scoping Report summarising the first six months of her work within the knowledge transfer partnership (KTP), to explore how HACT can unleash the community investment potential of the housing sector. Based on in-depth interviews and literature review, the Report provides an insightful analysis of the current policy and financial climate associated with austerity and welfare reform.

Download a copy of the Scoping Report, 'The learning priority needs of the housing association sector in strengthening its community investment role' (PDF)

In this context the Report explores how the role of housing providers is developing and identifies how a research-led approach can enable HACT to respond to and support these changes. The Report sets the agenda for the rest of the KTP with a series of recommendations for research and action learning activities, which have been accepted by the Local Management Committee that steers the project.

Matt Leach, HACT's Chief Executive, has described the Report as, 'An excellent picture of the context and challenges for the sector'. David Mullins who leads the KTP for the University of Birmingham, welcomed the wide-ranging contributions that his academic colleagues had made to Tricia's analysis and the practical reach that the partnership with HACT provides for real research impact.

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