About the PPIW: Using Evidence to Improve Policy

 The Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) was an independent research institution which aimed to improve policy by increasing evidence informed policy-making, particularly in Wales.

Established in January 2014 and co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government, the PPIW was hosted by Cardiff University and was a member of the UK’s What Works Network.

The PPIW’s key activities included:

  • Stimulating policy-maker demand for evidence by working directly with Ministers to identify their evidence needs and make connections across policy areas.
  • Improving the supply of evidence by making policy-maker evidence needs know and generating independent authoritative advice and analysis.
  • Supporting interaction between evidence suppliers and policy-makers by developing networks.
  • Facilitating knowledge exchange between Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond.

In October 2017 the PPIW became part of the Wales Centre for Public Policy. The Centre builds on the success of PPIW, and will continue the Institute’s work of meeting Welsh Government Ministers’ evidence needs, alongside a new mission to support public services to access, generate, evaluate and apply evidence about what works to key economic and social challenges.

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