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SFHA launches toolkit to help housing sector measure impact

SFHA has created a toolkit to help housing associations to understand, measure, and demonstrate their social impact.

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The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), has created a toolkit to help housing associations and co-operatives to measure and increase the social value they create in the communities in which they operate.

Last month, SFHA, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Public Health Scotland, and RIHAF, released new research, led by CaCHE and HACT on the economic, social, and health and wellbeing impacts of social housing. This report demonstrates how housing associations and co-operatives can measure the social and economic value of their work and evidence of how it aligns with the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

One of the key recommendations was to further develop an understanding of social value as an approach to measuring impact locally. In order to support the sector to do this, SFHA has produced the Social Value Toolkit to enable member associations to increase their ability to understand, measure and demonstrate their impact.

View the guidance and toolkit in the digital document viewer below or click the download symbol to save a copy:

In conjunction with the SFHA Impact Manifesto, the aim is for the toolkit to be part of the process for the sector to continue to develop good practice and disseminate the shared learning outcomes.

The toolkit was developed by Michael McLaughlin, Social Insight Lead, as part of the Impact Project Team within SFHA’s Innovation and Future Thinking Programme and provides practical methods to show the additional value of the social housing sector.

Michael said: “Working alongside partners in The Scottish Government, HACT, and member organisations; we are delighted to be able to produce a resource enabling social housing providers to measure and increase the level of impact they have right across the country. Building on some great work over since launching the Impact Manifesto, we have looked at the core indicators of impact, and provided the building blocks to enable these to be measured and developed by our members”

Given the importance of increasing the affordable housing supply in Scotland, this toolkit will play a part in our ability to demonstrate the part that SFHA members continue to play in supporting our communities to build our social and economic recovery.

SFHA also plan to host a Social Value webinar later this month on 21 October, more details will follow on this as soon as they are announced.

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