Social value

Together, we can create better places.

PLACED works with communities to engender civic pride and engagement. We help create a sense of place by making a material difference to the places that people live.

People have a great deal of knowledge: they use spaces and know the challenges that exist, the opportunities, how the space works, who uses it and when. When combined with the knowledge of professionals, this presents the opportunity to truly create better places.

The HACT social value calculator

We generate impact and social value throughout our work. Using the HACT (Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust) social value calculator, PLACED generates:

The PLACED Academy

Our Academy creates significant benefits for young people, and supports diversity:


of participants are from racial and ethnic minority groups


of our Academy participants are female


of Academy graduates told us the skills they developed would help their education

Our evaluation work

We know from our evaluation work the difference we can make to a place. Through numerous appraisals of our projects, we know that:

Our research

In our research, we asked what people through the impact of local people informing the design process and being listened to by design makers. They said:


said it would give them an opportunity to participate in social and community life


said places would better meet their needs and those of the wider community


of people said that’d feel empowered by being involved in the design process


of people say that being involved in the design process would make them feel happier


of our local community respondents said that being involved in the design process would make them more active

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