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SFHA Research

The SFHA research service supports and represents members by:

  • Collecting and sharing research on issues which affect social housing providers in Scotland;
  • Keeping members up-to-date on important developments within the sector; and
  • Gathering evidence to allow SFHA to effectively represent members in our conversations with government, parliamentarians and other key stakeholders.

Research themes

SFHA's key research themes for 2019/20 include:

  • Building the case for social housing investment post-2021
  • The economic and social impact of social housing providers in Scotland

Recent Projects

Along with Shelter Scotland, and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland, SFHA recently commissioned research into Affordable Housing Need in Scotland Post-2021. The final report was published May 2020.

SFHA has also partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF); Public Health Scotland; Rural and Islands Housing Associations Forum (RIHAF), SFHA’s rural and islands members’ forum; and commissioned the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and HACT to investigate the social, economic, health, and wellbeing impact of social housing. The final report has now been published and can be found here: The Impact of Social Housing: Economic, Social, Health and Wellbeing.

SFHA also carries out regular surveys of members on issues that are affecting them, including our monthly Universal Credit survey. We have recently produced a summary of the survey findings to date which can be found here: Universal Credit Survey Findings: Jan 2019 - Jun 2020



Get in touch!

Our research service exists for members, and we want to make sure that members are able to make the most of the work that we do. If you are looking for some information on a particular issue, or have any questions or comments about our work, please don't hesitate to get in touch

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