The Sitra annual conference Innovating for Efficiency is just around the corner – and this year – as I hope you will already know – we are focussing on the many different roles that technology can play in the housing related support sector.
I am really looking forward to the first debate which will focus on the role of technology in engagement. We have Shirley Ayres coordinating this session – and for those of you twitterati – you will know that Shirley is prolific, active, challenging, productive and a connecting force in the world of social media. I follow her tweets with great interest as they are by their nature ‘engaging’- but at the same time they offer an immediate understanding of how connections across silos can be achieved. Shirley has some great messages for the sector – and I know that everyone there will go away from this session with something for them to do! She will be joined by Jasmine Ali from Patient Opinion – and in the wake of all the recent coverage of failings in both health and social care provision – having some concrete understanding of how technology is being used to harness patient voices and concerns is bang on target. We will also be hearing from Kenny, who is a client of Single Homeless Project, who has been blogging through the Unheard Holler programme which has been picked up by a range of TV and radio.
The day is going to finish on a high – with the first public showing of ‘Population Insight’. Population Insight is a free-to-use online mapping tool, developed by HACT and OCSI, and funded by Metropolitan, that enables housing providers to access detailed information on changes in neighbourhood demographics. Using Census 2011 data released by ONS on 31 January, Population Insight enables housing providers to generate instant information on who is living in their neighbourhoods,, and understand the often rapidly changing demographic profiles that characterise the areas they work in. Based on HACT and OCSI’s successful Community Insight mapping platform, Population Insight provides housing providers with free heat mapping of key demographic indicators, and full demographic profiling of their communities – including age, gender, country of origin, ethnicity, religion, migration status and primary language – at the press of a button.
We really hope to see ALL Sitra members there. If you are not sure that your organisation is on the list – ring us up and claim that FREE place. If you are not coming – watch the debate unfold through #sitraconf2013