Thinkhouse and How It Works
Thinkhouse was formally launched in Spring 2018, at the House of Lords, to form a library of the best and most innovative research pieces, policy publications and case studies on the quantity and quality of the UK's housing stock and the resultant economic, social and community benefits. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts drawn from across the sector who select some reports for particular attention. In 2020 the Ed Panels top five reports were: 1 @SaferRentingCH - Journeys in the Shadow Private Rented Sector 2 @CIHhousing - #UKHR2020 3 @AHC_Housing - Making Housing Affordable Again: Rebalancing the Nation’s Housing System 4 @networkhomesuk @TheReubenYoung - Making land deliver 5 @FEANTSA @SolutionHousing @HousingEurope @Abbe_Pierre - 50 out-of-the-box Housing Solutions to Homelessness & Housing Exclusion
The site, founded by Richard Hyde in 2017, 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 page 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. 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 a collection of which can be found in our Articles section.
Please alert us to any report that may have been missed or is due out soon. We are trialing an email bulletin to advise our users of new reports. If you would like to receive this please contact us. The date of the report is the site date which usually coincides with the publication date but not always.
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.