Welcome to the March issue of HACT's newsletter.
HACT - Housing, people and communities
Welcome to the March edition of HACT news! This month sees us launch a brand new Community Investment Framework guide for the sector, release some important updates to the increasingly popular Community Insight data mapping tool, and launch new and exciting work on social impact.

HACT launches new Community Investment Framework document and Masterclass event series
Last week we launched the Community Investment Framework. It is a freely-accessible online document that will guide you through the process of producing an evidenced strategy for maximising the value of your work within communities. Click here to find out more and download the Community Investment Framework.

Four practitioner-focused Masterclasses on key aspects of community investment highlighted in the Community Investment Framework were also announced.  The Masterclasses will provide expert advice, case studies and practical help to develop your community investment activities and are aimed at managers within community investment and regeneration and neighbourhood teams. Topics covered will include:
Each masterclass costs £150 to attend, but if you book onto all four - you will receive one masterclass for free! Places on the masterclasses will be strictly limited.  To find out more about the events and to book your place please click here.

New updates and features, and new subscribers
The next release of Community Insight (v1.3) has been launched this week, as part of our plan to continuously improve the software as a critically important tool for housing providers looking to understand and invest in their communities. As well as providing instant 'push-button' access to the latest up-to-date social indicators for the communities housing providers work within, a range of new features have been added, including:

  • Report on any area - not just those areas in which you have stock. Users can now get detailed profiles of any area in the country within minutes, simply by selecting it on the map, enabling instant community profiling of potential development sites or neighbourhoods in which housing providers may be considering competing for services
  • Secure stock details uploading via an https:// connection, preparing the way for important new housing information upload features being rolled out later in 2013.
  • New user-guides, updated to include the latest features and functionality.
Welcome to our new subscribers First Ark, Great Places, Devon and Cornwall and Thames Valley all subscribed in March, alongside 8 other housing providers.  If you want to know who else is subscribing to Community Insight, our user list is here. 

Last week we held our first User Group meeting, which generated a lot of positive feedback and an exciting development path for the next six months. A summary of the event can be found by clicking here.

Find out how you can become a subscriber and to book a free demo.

Developing new tools for social impact measurement in housing
Following on from publication of cutting-edge social value research last month, HACT is launching work with a number of housing providers to build a social impact framework and reporting tool, which brings together the powerful mapping features of Community Insight and the methodologies set out in its recent research. With the launch of the new reporting tool currently scheduled for late 2013, watch out for more details on this exciting work soon.

Upcoming HACT events

Understanding Social Value
London, 25 April 2013, 2.30pm - 5.00pm
Explaining the implications of the Social Value Act, what social value is, and what this means for housing providers.

Click here to find out more.
This event has few places remaining

Community Investment Masterclass Series: Developing a Strategic Vision for Community Investment
London, 16 May 2013, 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Expert guidance drawing from HACT’s Community Investment Framework to design, deliver and implement a community investment strategy.
Click here to find out more.
£150 pp.

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