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Welcome to Thinkhouse was officially launched in Spring 2018 and holds a library of the best and most innovative research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The reports are grouped by year and by category.  Scroll down to read about how we curate the reports or see what has recently come out.  The links above provide access to all the publications on the site including those that the Editorial Panel have selected to be showcased. To help increase awareness of our resource, please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse. To promote new research the Panel have created an early career researcher's competition, see below or click the link in 'About' for more information. - how it works

The site is curated by an independent  Editorial Panel. The aim is to include all relevant publications, which are group by year and by category.  The Ed Panel assess each new report to select those that they feel merit being included in the 'must read' section on each yearly page. The Ed Panel aims to have about a dozen reports included in this section by the end of each year.  Those reports that have made way for more highly ranked ones are listed in the 'highly commended' section. The Ed Panel base their decision on, how likely they are to influence policy makers as well as the quality of the research/evidence, the coherence of the arguments, the report format/accessibility and how innovative and practical the pieces are.  

The overall objective is to provide easy access to a few key reports and provide a home for all relevant work.  Thereby helping to, inform policy makers who are engaged in understanding how we can build more and better homes and communities, improve knowledge transfer and provide evidence/ideas to drive decision making. 

To help speech writers and journalists the 'bite size facts' drop down menu includes snapshots of some interesting facts quoted reports published each year.  We have also started to trial the holding of links to international reports that provide interesting insights from around the world.  This is in beta release and can be accessed from the category menu above.  All comments and links to new reports, gratefully received.

The Ed Panel write a number of blogs about recently released reports and also a review of each research year.  See the 'Blogs' drop down menu.

Below you will find the most recent additions to the site.  Please alert us to any report that may have been missed or is due out soon.  You can use the search function to download a search enabled excel file of our entire database.

The site has been running since 2017 and was formally launched at the House of Lords in Spring 2018.  It has no ties to or funding from any interest or political group and reports are selected solely on merit. If you think we add value please help share what we are doing. Please cite us in work that uses sources found on Thinkhouse.

The Editorial Panel

The panel manage Thinkhouse

Our Ed. Panel have a mix of skills, backgrounds and experience in housing. They share a desire to see more and better homes built. The panel is chaired by Thinkhouse's founder Richard Hyde. Click on the drop down link under 'About' to view panel members. 

2018 Early Career Researcher's Prize (ECRP)

Sponsored by Altair.

The winner: Anya Martin, Research and Public Policy Officer, Peabody for her paper; The impact of social housing on child development outcomes.

The runner-up:Emily Pumford, researcher, Riverside for her paper, Understanding Government’s Attitudes to Social Housing through the Application of Politeness Theory

Click here to read these two reports and the judges comments.  Anya's report is also included on our 2018 page.

Contact us

The easiet way to get hold of us and on twitter @thinkhouseinfo.

Recently released reports

See the Year, Category or Search pages to view our library of other reports.

Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story, Summary Report

Shaping Futures 21, Sharon Chisholm, Ken Gibb, David Hulchanski, Duncan Maclennan, Hal Pawson, March 2019

Reports on the Shaping Futures program, a knowledge exchange and policy analysis initiative spanning Australia, Britain and Canada, which explored the conventional housing policy narratives that have dominated government thinking in those countries.

The State of Ageing in 2019: Adding life to our years

Centre for Ageing, March 2019

A small section on housing looks at whether our housing stock can cope with an ageing population

The unspoken decline of outer London: Why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?

The Smith Institute, Paul Hunter, March 2019

Whilst this report focuses on understanding the extent to which poverty and inequality have worsened in outer London in recent years, especially relative to inner London it does have a section on housing implications

Tomorrow’s Places: A plan for building a generation of new millennial towns on the edge of London

Policy Exchange, Jack Airey, Richard Blakeway, March 2019

This report argues that a new approach to meeting housing demand in London is required, based on the building of new places on the edge of London along five updated growth corridors

Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland. 

Scottish Land Commission, Shona Glenn, James MacKessack-Leitch, Katherine Pollard, Jayne Glass, Rob McMorran, March 2019

Looks at the new housing and other community implications of concentrated land ownership in Scotland.

Integrated Homes, Care and Support. Measurable Outcomes for Healthy Ageing

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, C Holland, I Garner, J O'Donnell, H Gwyther, March 2019

This report shows that older people benefit from improved physical and mental health in retirement communities, resulting in cost savings to the NHS

Putting Down Roots. Improving security for renting families and private landlords 

CSJ, March 2019

Examines the impact of insecurity on the lives of private rental sector tenants and explores the appetite among renters to feel in control of their homes while retaining the beneficial flexibility of the sector.

Housing insecurity and mental health; evidence review

CaCHE, Jenny Preece & Emma Bimpson, March 2019

Reviews the evidence into the relationship between housing insecurity and mental health. This project was carried out by the CaCHE team based at the University of Sheffield, in partnership with Mind Cymru. Whilst the evidence-base is international, the report considers this research literature in light of the Welsh context for housing and mental health services.

How should we evaluate housing outcomes

CaCHE, David Clapham, Chris Foye, April 2019

This report raises important issues regarding the evaluation of housing outcomes and the setting of policy/practice objectives that are often overlooked in common approaches, notably the central role of values and who defines them.

Additionality of Affordable Housing

Savills, NHF, G15, HFN, April 2019

This report investigates the additionality of affordable housing to housing supply in England. This is the extent to which an increase in affordable housing leads to an increase in overall housing supply, towards the Government target of increasing housing supply to 300,000 additional homes per annum by the mid 2020s.

The Appropriate and Rightsizing Study

Gwent Health, Social Care and Housing Partnership, Julia Osmond, April 2019

This report presents the findings of a study for the Gwent Health, Social Care and Housing Partnership which researches the aspirations for appropriate housing solutions for older people in Gwent


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