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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


The evaluation of the changes relating to Sheltered and Supported Housing will take place from September 2005 to the end of January 2006. The first stage will be a quantitative analysis clarifying whether the changes are as expected and therefore whether what has been asked for is what has been reported. This is particularly important in relation to the time series data. In the second stage, any evidence of significant differences will the analysed through interviews with relevant HAs. Depending on the problems encountered there will be a third stage involving a series of interviews with associations where major changes in categorisation have occurred and those who have experienced little change – to assess whether the new definitions reflect real differences; how demands vary between categories of housing; and housing association attitudes to the definitions now they have been operationalized.


Project Publications:

The Impact of Changes in Definitions in Supported Housing and Housing for Older People between the RSR 2004 and 2005 - A Qualitative Follow-Up Study

This study follows on from previous recent research which evaluated the impact of shifts in RSR data resulting from changes in definitions to Supported Housing and the introduction of Housing for Older People between the 2004 and 2005 RSR. This research was conducted in order to ascertain why unexpected shifts of stock between categories were reported and what could be done to rectify mistakes and avoid confusion in the future.

Impact of Changes in the Definitions in Supported Housing and Housing for Older People between the RSR 2004 and 2005

This report investigates the impact of changes in definitions used for data collection in the Regulatory and Statistical Return between 2004 and 2005. The term sheltered housing was no longer used in the 2005 RSR. Instead, a new category 'Housing for Older People' was introduced. Data taken from the RSR 2004 and 2005 has been analysed to assess the overall impact the change in definition has had on stock numbers within the social housing sector.

Pilot RSR 2005: New definitions for sheltered and supported housing: Dataspring Discussion Paper 7

This paper presents the findings of research piloting new definitions of sheltered and supported housing for use in TSA's Regulatory and Statistical Return.

CCHPR Contact


Tenant Services Authority

Project Start Date

1st January 2004