Housing & Communities
Living within a strong, supportive community and having access to safe, affordable housing that provides a comfortable standard of living are essential for our sense of stability and wellbeing.
Investigating the factors affecting access to housing and the health of communities is key to improving the lives of people living in the UK.
ADR UK has a number of data linkage projects, as well as research projects using existing linked data, underway to provide valuable new insights into the factors affecting the fabric of our communities and housing dynamics.
ADR Wales, for example, has explicitly identified housing as a key focus and the bedrock of living well, underscoring that good quality, affordable homes bring a wide range of benefits to health, learning and prosperity. It is therefore working to link Welsh data that will enable new insights into homelessness and its connection to health and education outcomes.
Meanwhile, ADR Scotland is supporting Scottish Government priorities around promoting safer communities and contributing to a public health approach to reducing violence. Researchers are using linked administrative data to better understand the connections between service demand and aspects of distress or vulnerability, including alcohol and other drugs, and mental health conditions.
ADR Northern Ireland (ADR NI) is also working on a number of projects aimed at improving policies relating to housing and communities. For example, by linking data relating to families, healthcare, environment and education, neighbourhood and community determinants of social distress as indicated by contact with emergency hospital services can be explored.
You can find out more about these projects and others underway within this theme by exploring the links below and visiting the ‘Projects’ page.
Housing & Communities Projects
Homelessness Data England: Linking local authority data to evaluate homelessness policy
10 August 2020
This project aims to create a linked dataset of information about homelessness in England, to improve our understanding of its causes and impacts.
Exploring the relationship between housing and wellbeing
17 March 2020
This research explores differences in mental and subjective wellbeing across housing tenures in Wales; specifically, whether there is some intrinsic property of ‘tenure’ that impacts wellbeing.
Methodological approach to tackling homelessness
16 March 2020
This project aims to link administrative data from Swansea Local Authority housing services to other public service data to better understand the experience of homelessness in Wales.
Find out more
If you are a researcher interested in working with admistrative data within this theme, or a policymaker interested in how ADR UK work can improve your insights and support your decision making in this area, please get in touch.