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Updated: 23 Feb 2018
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This Section contains our most recently completed research reports

The Hospital Resettlement Programme in Northern Ireland after The Bamford Review

These reports give a balanced overview of the learning disabled resettlement programme from the NIHE/SP perspective and report on the experiences of people who have been resettled, looking at the effectiveness of the process from their perspective, their levels of satisfaction with the outcome, and the impact on their lives that living in the community has had.
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A review of the Affordability of Social Rents in Northern Ireland (2017)

Commissioned in 2016 by the Housing Executive on behalf of the Department for Communities to inform the Social Housing Reform Programme, this study considered the possible impacts of a gradual rise in Housing Executive rents in the context of a more transparent and equitable system of rents for social tenants, which would also help sustain the financial viability of social landlords.
It should be noted that the analysis was completed before the UK Government’s decision in October 2017 that Local Housing Allowance rates would not be applied to social and supported housing from April 2019, as had previously been proposed.  

Tenant Involvement in Governance: Models and Practices

The Housing Executive commissioned the University of Birmingham to review approaches to tenant involvement in the governance of social housing organisations in Northern Ireland and explore the relevance of international models and practices for the region.  The research involved interviews, an evidence review, case studies, and a number of consultation workshops, and this comprehensive final report details the findings of each stage of the project.

Affordability in the private housing market in Northern Ireland in 2016

Summary of analysis carried out by Ulster University, looking at two related measures of house price purchase affordability (repayment affordability and deposit requirements) in Northern Ireland since 2010.

The Business Benefits of the Housing Executive’s Community Involvement Activities (February 2017)

The Housing Executive commissioned the University of Westminster to carry out research on the business benefits to the organisation of community involvement activity, with particular reference to issues such as tenant satisfaction levels, expenditure, service delivery and value for money. The findings of this mixed qualitative and quantitative study showed that investment in community involvement had benefitted the Housing Executive by helping the organisation to identify needs, improve services, reduce costs and develop communities.

Northern Ireland Homelessness Strategy Report: an evaluation

This evaluation focuses on the first four and a half years of the implementation of the five-year Homelessness Strategy for Northern Ireland, 2012-2017. The first chapter provides an overview of the Strategy, the Reprioritisation of the Strategy in 2014, and describes the evaluation. The second chapter looks at the prevention of homelessness over the period 2012-2016. The third chapter explores access to affordable housing and the fourth chapter looks specifically at rough sleeping.  The fifth chapter is concerned with the provision of services to vulnerable homeless households and individuals. Chapter six discusses the Strategy in the international context, drawing comparisons with Scotland, Wales, England and experience and practice from other countries. The report concludes with a discussion of progress and recommendations.

The Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Housing First Support Service piloted by Depaul in Belfast, funded by Supporting People: an SROI evaluation.

‘Housing First’ is a tried and tested approach to providing permanent housing for homeless people who are dependent on alcohol and drugs or who have mental health issues, with the support, social care and health services they need provided to them in their own homes or locally in their community. The intention is that housing should be available even if a homeless person refuses treatment for their substance misuse or mental health issues.

Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants (March 2016)

This research, carried out by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at
Sheffield Hallam University and the Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI), is an assessment of the need for the provision of furniture as a means of assisting new tenants to sustain tenancies. The research will contribute towards informing the wider policy debate around furniture provision and its potential in Northern Ireland to provide a value-for-money means to help develop the Housing Executives Sustaining Tenancies strategy.

Delivering sustainable healthy homes and communities in Northern Ireland (March 2016)

Guidance and good practice on how planning, health, housing and energy professionals can use new planning powers and responsibilities for community planning to support integrated local approaches to sustainable homes and communities, for energy and health and wellbeing.

Funding Mechanisms for New Social Housing in Northern Ireland: A UK-wide Comparative Study (November 2015)

This research was undertaken to provide a comparative understanding of how rates of Government funding for the provision of new social or affordable housing is set across the United Kingdom and how applicable these are in the context of Northern Ireland.

The Economic Impact of Social Housing Organisations in Northern Ireland (published November 2015)

Research carried out for the Housing Executive by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, which showed that social housing organisations supported £1.15 billion worth of output expenditure in Northern Ireland during 2012/13.

Evaluation of Accommodation Based Services Funded by Supporting People Report (September 2015)

This report presents the findings of research undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of Accommodation-Based Support funded by the Supporting People programme.

Tenants’ views of tenancy deposit protection in Northern Ireland (September 2015)

This project was carried out by TDS Northern Ireland in partnership with the Ulster University and was designed to ascertain the views of tenants on the new tenancy deposit protection scheme introduced in Northern Ireland in April 2013.  The project aims to establish a baseline against which the success of the tenancy deposit regulations can be judged in future years

Performance of the Private Rental Market in Northern Ireland

The latest survey of the Northern Ireland private rental sector indicates a vibrant market with continuing demand for rental. The analysis also reveals growth in average rent over the year but also cautions of some variability over the second half of the year which may be related to stimulus and improving conditions in the residential sales market.

Migrant Workers & the Housing Market January 2015

The overall aim of this study was to undertake two housing market analyses, using these to compare and contrast the impact of migrant workers on the local housing markets of Dungannon and Larne district council areas.

Warm Homes Early Years Customer Satisfaction Survey Report (Published September 2014)

The Housing Executive, as quality assurance contractor for the Warm Homes Scheme, regularly assesses levels of customer satisfaction with the different elements of the Warm Homes service, with a view to identifying areas for improvement, where appropriate.

Travellers' Accommodation Needs Assessment 2014 (March 2015)

This is the 3rd comprehensive Travellers’ Accommodation Needs Assessment which updates previous assessments carried out in 2002 and 2008. This research will assist strategic/operational managers to plan future accommodation schemes for the Traveller community’.

Demographic Change and Future Housing Need in Northern Ireland (November 2014)

This report reviews the main demographic trends in Northern Ireland with particular reference to underlying economic and social factors affecting these trends.  It explores views and attitudes to demographically driven models in housing need assessment and evaluates the Net Stock Model used by the Housing Executive since 1994.  It also provides an annual estimate of total new build requirements for social and private housing, assesses the potential for regional disaggregation of this estimate, evaluates models developed in GB for assessing the need for affordable housing and considers the need for supported (social) housing in the context of demographic change and government policy.  This report was written by Professor Chris Paris (University of Adelaide), in association with RSM McClure Watters (Consulting), John Palmer (North Harbour Consulting) and Dr Peter Williams (University of Cambridge)

Through Our Eyes (published February 2015)

The Housing Executive commissioned this study into Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) homelessness in Northern Ireland. The broad aim of the research was to add to the Housing Executive’s evidence base on the changing characteristics of homelessness in Northern Ireland, specifically with regards to Northern Ireland’s LGB&T communities. This research project was undertaken by The Rainbow Project (TRP), in partnership with Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland (CHNI).

2011 House Condition Survey – District Council Area results (modelled)

The Housing Executive commissioned BRE to develop a model using the 2011 House Condition Survey data, in conjunction with the 2011 Census data,  which would provide key housing indicators at District Council level. Results were to be on a comparable basis with the rest of the UK.
The key housing indicators produced at District Council level were: Fuel Poverty, Decent Homes and Unfitness. The following report and table by BRE outlines the findings.

2011 House Condition Survey

The Northern Ireland House Condition Survey main report is now available.
The 2011 Survey was completed using mobile field computers. This technology was first employed for the 2009 HCS and was reviewed and enhanced for 2011. Benefits achieved by moving to the e-form include administrative efficiencies in the collection of data, an improvement in data quality and a faster turn-around of survey results. Key stock findings are presented here four months after the fieldwork was completed.