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Housing Futures is a programme which will run for the next 18 months. The desired outcome of the programme is to develop a service, product or new approach that will help solve a challenge facing us in the sector.

The work is being run in collaboration with the National Housing Federation, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations.

Working with innovation experts ?Whatif!, we want every housing association in Wales to benefit from working together on a sector-wide scale to tackle our shared challenges.

The work will run in the following stages:

This is the biggest collaborative exercise ever undertaken by our sector, and we’ll also benefit from working with teams from across England, Scotland and Ireland.

We have hit the ground running in 2020 with this programme and we need YOU!

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The stories behind Housing Futures

Making Sense of the Pandemic

Community Housing Cymru is part of the Live Learning Partnership, a collaboration of 10 organisations using Sensemaker to try to make sense of the impact of the pandemic on our colleagues and our organisations.

Last week we published the analysis of the stories gathered up until the end of January 2021.

The data was analysed by Janine Dube, Linc Cymru, Michael Hughes, Monmouthshire Housing, Chris Jowitt, Melin Homes, Bennett McVeigh, Newydd Housing, and Robert Needham, Family Housing along with Michael Muthukrishna from the London School of Economics.

Janine, Business Partner – Data and Business Intelligence at Linc looks at the findings for us

July
2020

Challenge Identification

  • 117 Housing Association staff and tenants involved
  • 23 challenges identified which were reviewed and refined into 5 broad themes

August
2020

Challenge Hacks

  • 120 people, 78 Housing Association staff and 42 representatives from external organisations
  • Sharing insight and knowledge to fully understand the 5 broad themes 

October
2020

Public Challenge 1 - Broad Challenge Chosen

  • The Steering Group chose ‘Joining the Dots between Health, Housing and Social Care’ as the broad challenge to be the focus of the first public challenge.

November
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December
2020

Public Challenge 1 - Challenge Refinement

  • The working group refined the challenge to ‘How do we prevent the mental health of young people aged 14-18 worsening?’
  • The challenge specification was agreed ready to crowdsource ideas from the public

January
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February
2021

Public Challenge 1 - Crowdsourcing Ideas

  • The challenge was public on our innovation portal for 31 days
  • 2556 views of the challenge page
  • 93 new users registered on the portal
  • 29 ideas were submitted
  • 172 comments on these ideas 

March
2021

Public Challenge 1 - Launchpad for Working Group

  • The real work begins
  • Sessions on mind-sets and behaviours
  • Agreement on team charter 
  • Tools such as Idea DNA and Stargazer introduced

April
2021

Public Challenge 1 - Boot camp One: Insight

  • The boot camp has three parts: theory, hands on theory into practice and a practical clinic.

May
2021

Public Challenge 1 - Boot camp Two: Solution Refinement & Experimentation

  • The boot camp has three parts: theory, hands on theory into practice and a practical clinic.

Organisational Led Challenge - Briefing Event

  • For members interested in applying for support with an internal challenge
  • Expressions of Interest opened with a two week window to apply

June
2021

Public Challenge 1 - Boot camp Three: Case for action and Impact Narrative

  • The boot camp has three parts:  theory, hands on theory into practice and a practical clinic. 
     

Organisational Led Challenge Begins

  • Challenge Hack to fully understand the problem
  • Housing Association team working with CHC’s Alcemi team and Simply Do Ideas to deliver the challenge outcomes. 

July
2021

Public Challenge 1 Ends

  • Process evaluated and learning shared 

Organisational Led Challenge Ends

  • Process evaluated and learning shared

September
2021

Public Challenge 2 Begins

Alcemi Case Studies

Housing Futures
True Innovation: The One Thing We Haven’t Tried Yet?

True Innovation: The One Thing We Haven’t Tried Yet?

Jamie Smith is Director of Research and Innovation at Hafod, and is part of an Innovation Working Group put together by Community Housing Cymru that will be identifying the challenges facing people and communities in Wales, and looking at the ideas the housing sector has to tackle those challenges.

Housing Futures
Innovation: A way of truly making a difference to people’s lives

Innovation: A way of truly making a difference to people’s lives

Sharon Crockett is Director of Innovation and Culture at Melin, and is part of an Innovation Working Group put together by Community Housing Cymru that will be identifying the challenges facing people and communities in Wales, and looking at the ideas the housing sector has to tackle those challenges.

Housing Futures
Making Sense of the Pandemic

Making Sense of the Pandemic

Community Housing Cymru is part of the Live Learning Partnership, a collaboration of 10 organisations using Sensemaker to try to make sense of the impact of the pandemic on our colleagues and our organisations.

Last week we published the analysis of the stories gathered up until the end of January 2021.

The data was analysed by Janine Dube, Linc Cymru, Michael Hughes, Monmouthshire Housing, Chris Jowitt, Melin Homes, Bennett McVeigh, Newydd Housing, and Robert Needham, Family Housing along with Michael Muthukrishna from the London School of Economics.

Janine, Business Partner – Data and Business Intelligence at Linc looks at the findings for us

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