The purpose of the More Different Futures Network (MDFN), building on Shaping Futures, is to mobilise the housing policy relevant knowledge that exists, not just within research establishments (in academia, government and the private sector) but in the strategic and delivery operations of governments and providers, to provide urgently needed information, ideas and innovations to shape better and different housing outcomes.

Policy Scotland is working with academic colleagues at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University; the newly emerging Canadian Centre for housing knowledge exchange at McMaster University; and leading research centres in Australia, the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW and at the University of Adelaide. That has been reinforced by key practitioners in Toronto, Vancouver, Glasgow and, particularly, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Ottawa and the Community Housing Industry Association in Australia.

Since mid-May 2020 the network has held 10 bilateral meetings for 125 network members in Australia, Canada and the UK on topics ranging from homelessness to mortgage markets.