Measuring the Social Impact of an Approved Housing Body (AHB) Tenancy in Ireland

Closing Date: 02/03/2022

This research bursary will support an independent or postgraduate researcher to carry out a short-term project developing a methodology to measure and evaluate the social impact of housing bodies in Ireland.

Clúid Housing, an independent not-for-profit housing association, has joined together with fellow housing bodies Respond and Circle VHA to jointly commission a research project to develop a methodology to measure and evaluate the social impact delivered by Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) in Ireland.

Research must involve a study of the current approaches to measuring social impact and value, as well as an examination of current national and international policy areas that drive this agenda. Key research tasks include the following:

  • Identify the activities/role of AHBs and social landlords in delivering social impact and creating social value (both qualitative and quantitative outputs and measures).
  • Identify and assess how ‘far-reaching’ the impact of social housing can be, eg how it might contribute to social cohesion and community wealth-building and improving education and employment opportunities.
  • Identify what an AHB tenancy offers that is different/unique to those offered by other sectors and landlords, including private landlords and local authorities, thereby pinpointing how it offers added social impact and social value.
  • Identify how this leads to improved outcomes for tenants/residents in terms of their economic, financial and social welfare, access to education and employment, health and wellbeing.
  • Develop an appropriate methodology to measure the social impact that is applicable to AHBs/social housing providers in Ireland.
  • Identify key research questions/approaches to collate data and compare data on social impact.

The funders envisage that a combination of quantitative and qualitative research will be required. The project should involve a wide-ranging review of the literature in the areas of measuring social value and social impact, including an examination of relevant/related methodologies and approaches used specifically by housing providers and also from other disciplines.

The final report should be delivered by the end of 2022.

Funding body Clúid Housing
Maximum value €40,000
Reference ID S23434
Category Economic and Social Research

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