Third Sector Partnerships for Service Delivery (2011-2012)

image of the valeThis project builds on earlier collaboration between David Mullins (TSRC Service Delivery and Housing Lead with Dr Nick Acheson at University of Ulster (TSRC's Northern Ireland partner), and Dr Jenny Muir at Queens University Belfast (a housing, planning and regeneration expert).

A case study for the TSRC Third Sector Partnerships for Service Delivery project on housing partnerships in Northern Ireland was undertaken in Summer 2011. The case study focused on the two largest publicly funded programmes delivered by third sector organisations in Northern Ireland (Supporting People and new social housing), and attracted the interest of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive who have now funded a fuller follow-up study by David Mullins, Nick Acheson and Jenny Muir which will be completed in 2012.

The project will explore the impact of policy changes under devolved government on the shape of the third sector in housing and the changing nature and form of partnerships resulting. The research will provide analysis and recommendations specific to the region, to inform policy and practice, whilst also both making use of and contributing to, the UK literature.

The project will provide the opportunity to deepen our understanding of partnership impact by exploring the perspectives of large and small associations within procurement groups and different types of support and housing providers within Supporting People partnerships. This will provide a fuller understanding of the policy options and consequences of the NI Government's role in relation to third sector housing partnerships.

Further information

If you would like further information concerning this project, please contact:

David Mullins
Professor of Housing Policy
Tel: +44(0)121 414 3348
Email: d.w.mullins@bham.ac.uk