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A new five-stage framework has been developed by HACT and Network Homes.
The framework has been developed following extensive research into existing resident feedback processes used across the social housing sector.
“Flexibility is the key strength of this framework, in that it allows very different social landlords – by strategic objectives or geographical focus, for instance – to review their approach to measuring resident feedback whilst retaining the ability to properly apply the recommendations to their specific circumstances,” said Fabio Miccoli, Research and Policy Analyst at Network Homes.
He added: "In the context of a changing relationship with our residents, as we navigate through the coronavirus crisis, and following the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, we hope the framework will serve as a valuable tool to put resident feedback to more meaningful operational use."
Rob Wray, Chief Innovation Officer, HACT, said: “The framework will help social housing organisations re-align feedback as a tool that delivers on their responsibility to their residents and transparently demonstrates to the regulator that they are meeting and exceeding standards.
“The report backs up the White Paper’s assertion that the sector needs a new set of customer satisfaction metrics to measure the things that matter to residents,”’ added Wray. “There is a window of opportunity for the sector to collaborate and work with residents and the Regulator to develop metrics to ensure the resident voice is at the heart of decision-making.”
The framework for resident feedback consists of five stages:
- Why are you collecting resident feedback?
- Who are you collecting feedback from?
- How are you collecting resident feedback?
- Which metrics are you using?
- What are you doing with resident feedback once you’ve collected it?
HACT is now working with social housing organisations to test their resident feedback processes against this framework.
“The response of social housing organisations to the Covid-19 pandemic and their engagement with their residents provides an unprecedented opportunity,” Wray continued. “This framework lays the basis for them to build on that engagement and implement a resident feedback model that has the experience of residents – and their voice – at the heart of the business of social housing.”