Panel discussion

Reflections on the Challenges

Professor James Mitchell reflected on human rights, the Christie commission and the unhelpful focus on measurement rather than outcomes (‘what counts can’t be counted’). Data alone should not influence policy: it’s only a starting point and the application of commonsense is a requirement. We eneed qualitative as well as quantitative data.


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Paul Bradley (Commission on Housing and Wellbeing) reiterated the that home is central to wellbeing and outlines three challenges:

  • cuts in public finance
  • how we communicate ideas across sectors
  • reducing damage to the environment


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Professor Greg Lloyd, former Independent Commissioner on the Independent Commission on the Future for Housing in Northern Ireland (Best Commission), describes key issue that faced the Commission: how to use housing as a lever to bring about better health and economic opportunity, and create a learning space for practitioners. He concludes by stating the importance of political leadership and bravery, and the application of common sense.

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