HMinfo produce academically rigorous research-based documents on Home Modification policy and practice. Prior to publication, these documents are reviewed by Specialist Review Panels, comprising academic peer reviewers; expert practitioners in the fields of design, architecture, building, and occupational therapy; and consumer representatives for older people, people with disability, and carers.
HMinfo Evidence Based Practice Reviews investigate the existing research evidence for the effectiveness of particular home modification design and building practices. Following a systematic review methodology, published literature on the design or building practice is examined. The literature search includes: databases of research studies in books and academic journals; legislation, Building Codes and Standards; Government, industry and consumer group websites; the HMinfo library collection of home modification publications and materials; grey literature documents, including industry guides and manufacturers’ specifications; and anecdotal evidence from listservs, online forums, consumer peak bodies, and service providers.
Through evaluation of this published evidence, strategies most likely to achieve best practice home modification outcomes can be identified.
HMinfo Consumer Factsheets translate research evidence for home modification design and building practices into concise information for consumers. This information is designed to assist older people, people with disability, and carers, when planning and undertaking home modifications.
Most Consumer Factsheets are derived from Home Modification Evidence Based Practice Reviews, Occasional Papers or Summary Bulletins. Other Consumer Factsheets are developed in direct response to the need for a concise guide to arranging home modifications, or undertaking a particular type of modification.
HMinfo Industry Factsheets and Checklists translate research evidence for home modification design and building practices into information that will assist home modification prescribers and practitioners. Industry Factsheets and Checklists are derived from Home Modification Evidence Based Practice Reviews and Occasional Papers, or developed when concise guidance on a particular type of home modification is needed by industry.
HMinfo Occasional Research Papers are individually commissioned research papers on existing or emerging issues in home design and home modifications for older people, for people with disability, or for carers. These policy and practice issues are identified by Government, Industry and Consumer stakeholders.
Occasional Research Papers include a systematic review of literature on the issue, and examine the policy impact and practice concerns. Many papers also report an original research study that is undertaken in response to the issue. Common types of study are design analyses, cost-benefit analyses, and consumer and industry surveys.
HMinfo Summary Bulletins provide a concise overview of the important issues relating to a particular home modification topic. These home modification topics are selected in response to an industry-identified concern or risk in home modification practices.
Summary Bulletins identify the applicable regulations, Standards, and industry and fair trading specifications and guidelines, for the home modification topic. A range of home modification approaches are then reviewed, with a comparison of their advantages and disadvantages for various housing and personal circumstances.
Summary Bulletins are intended to guide older people, people with disability, carers, and home modification prescribers and practitioners, in making home modification decisions. The information assists in determining the most appropriate home modification approach for each person, in the context of their home environment and care service mix.