Jay Saggar

Jay Saggar

Digital Lead
Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT)

Jay works at the interface between the housing and technology sectors. He has an extensive knowledge of established and emerging technologies and specialises in developing housing specific use-cases for new tech and crafting innovative routes to implementation.

  • Exploring the February 2019 ‘Creating the Data Infrastructure to Enable Housing’s Digital Future’ prospectus including updates on how HACT is working on eliminating bad data and generating data standards for the whole sector
  • Providing updates on how standardised housing statistics will improve data-driven business decisions by bringing together data efficiently across multiple systems to drive more effective business decisions and intelligence
  • Highlighting Version 2.0 of the UK Housing Data Standard which includes nine new data exchanges based on the reactive repairs process including raising a work order with a contractor and a customer
  • Outlining how HACT is providing guidance for housing associations on how to follow the standards by offering training, tools and technical expertise where required
  • Looking to the future of the data standards, including a full standard before December 2020 and adding social housing specific data requirements

Exploring the Benefits of the Community Insight Dataset for Analysing Local Communities and Their Amenities

  • Drawing attention to the Community Insight tool which provides housing statistics and analysis of local communities for housing associations including high-level visualisations for Board level to reports on local neighbourhoods
  • Highlighting the benefits of the tool including benefitting from up-to-date statistics on communities without a need to invest in specialist mapping and data staff, consultancy or software
  • Exploring how the tool allows for a joined-up approach to community investment by allowing front line staff to take strategic responsibility for their local regions
  • Analysing the various themes available to study via the dataset, including the effect living near to retail outlets can have on shaping behaviours and the beneficial link between access to healthy assets and living space