Project Description

Understanding housing and social exclusion

Planit-Housing learning simulation models a community and enables delegates (staff & residents) to develop an understanding of housing, health and exclusion in a unique and engaging way.

Planit-Housing offers a flexible approach to promoting big picture thinking, understanding cause & effect, breaking down silos and developing soft skills & effective decision making. These skills have lasting benefits – transforming people, processes and places.

Planit-Housing learning simulation allows delegates to collaborate, negotiate and think strategically – they need to work together to get a high score. In the simulation, delegates see how the successful integration of the different aspects of a housing partnership means the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

  • Local Authorities (Housing)
  • Housing Associations
  • Neighbourhood Management/Communities
  • Students
Having used the Planit-Housing simulation as part of a programme at the University of Northampton, the students were able to practically implement their decisions and fully understand the impact their decisions had on a virtual community in a ‘safe’ environment. There was no ‘IT overload’ as the students were able to cooperate and collaborate using technology underpinned with traditional exercises in order to make decisions that benefited each group and the wider collective in an attempt to achieve a sustainable community. The students welcomed the practical aspect of ‘learning by doing’ as this deepened their learning experience. I would recommend using a simulation such as Planit Housing as this brings learning ‘to life’.
Kelly Smith, Social and Community Development Lecturer, University of Northampton.

Plan > Do > Review

As with all our learning simulations, Planit Young People is played over a number of rounds made up of 3 phases – Plan > Do > Review:


Teams look at reports and consider their budget. They plan a strategy for their team and consider how they need to work with other teams.


Teams spend their budgets. They negotiate and seek win-wins with other teams. They present their decisions to the the group and the facilitator – explaining what they have done and why.


After the round has been updated – decisions are processed in the game algorithm – the teams review the situation. They look at the score and consider what worked and what didn’t. The next round begins …