At Sovereign we carry out research, whether it is led by our in-house strategy team or delivered in partnership with others, to inform our business decisions, share best practice across the social housing sector and contribute to the debate on local and national policy.
Research in partnership
Universal Credit in a time of crisis
Our Head of Income Laurinda Hornblow contributed to National Housing Federation research into the role that Universal Credit played during the pandemic, an in-depth analysis of the effects of the £20 uplift, and how customers can manage debt, arrears and seeking employment. - April 2021
Rethinking social housing
Produced by the Chartered Institute of Housing, sponsored by Sovereign, Home Group, Incommunities, Optivo, PA Housing, Peabody, Riverside and South Liverpool Homes – June 2018
Produced by Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with CASE – May 2017
A New Settlement Between Government and Independent Housing Associations
Produced in partnership by Policy Exchange, Genesis Housing Association, Home Group, Orbit Group and The Riverside Group – September 2016
Working together, thinking alike: what do councils and local enterprise partnerships expect from housing associations?
Produced in partnership with the Smith Institute - June 2015
How can we help you to sustain your tenancy?
Produced by The Guinness Partnership on behalf of CASE – May 2015
The impact of welfare reform on housing
Produced by Moat on behalf of CASE – January 2012
Springboards and safety nets: A new housing offer – fully flexible tenure
Produced by Altair, Moat, Radian and Sovereign – December 2012
We undertook an extensive research programme in 2014 to help reshape Sovereign’s strategy at that time. Our aim was to gain greater insight into our residents and our business, as well to identify the current and future challenges.
Our core research investigated the cost and benefit of our homes and services for our residents, our business and wider society. We also developed a new model, call the living income, to help us understand what types of housing are truly affordable in our different markets.
The cost and value of Sovereign’s housing products
How affordable are different housing options in our marketplace?
Defining the social value of Sovereign’s products
Customers’ needs and aspirations
Our residents’ aspirations
We combined our research and insights from sector experts to develop possible future scenarios, based on different economic and social policy environments. These scenarios allowed us to test our strategy, to ensure our decisions could support residents and the business through challenging times.