Research Projects Commissioned for Matrix 10th Anniversary
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health, Housing
The Matrix Housing Partnership has engaged Birmingham-based ‘thinktank’ the Human City Institute to deliver three major and diverse research projects. Matrix, which includes the Accord Group, Rooftop, Trent and Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes, has commissioned the research as part of its 2014 10th anniversary review. The three research projects cover a range of topics embracing the mission and values of the Matrix Housing Partnership including scoping the future of the rural economy and housing, the challenge in improving health and wellbeing through collaboration between housing, care and support and health partners, and what the future holds for social landlords in a rapidly changing operating environment.
Mike Pritty, Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership, said: “The research aims to reflect on ten successful years of the Matrix Housing Partnership and also provide an important evidence-base to inform existing and future areas of our work. One project seeks to ‘value the village’ as a means of developing approaches to improving rural life in partnership with local people, local enterprises, and local councils. The research has a wide geographical scope, stretching from Hereford and Worcestershire in the south-west of the greater Midlands to Derbyshire in the east of our region. The second project will focus on health debates through a series of thematic essays which will be brought together in a compendium. We are determined to explore collaborative approaches in order to reduce health inequalities and evaluate emerging methods such as behavioural economics to improve the health and wellbeing of communities where the Matrix Housing Partnership operates.”
Kevin Gulliver, Director of HCI said: “Over the ten years, the Matrix Housing Partnership and HCI have worked together on a series of projects covering mutual and co-operative housing, quality of life and satisfaction surveys, a number of ‘thinkpieces’, and in compiling the ‘Forging Futures’ book in 2008. For the 10th anniversary we are revisiting this in the form of ‘Forging Futures II’, which will look at the future of inner city housing and economic and social value generated by the Matrix Housing Partnership. The book will be topped with an overview by Dr. Chris Handy OBE, Chair of the Matrix Strategy Committee and Chief Executive of the Accord Group. Chris will bring together the experiences and collective knowledge of the Matrix Housing Partnership’s decade-long legacy with HCI’s research findings to summarise key priorities for the next ten years and beyond. ‘Forging Futures II’ will be launched at the CIH conference in June 2014. HCI is now busy planning delivery of the three research projects, which will all be completed during 2014.”