What Works in Promoting What Works?

Last week the PPIW presented at the What Works Global Summit. Representatives from over forty countries gathered at this major international conference to discuss the state of evidence-informed policy and practice globally, as well as future challenges and opportunities.  Our presentation on putting evidence to work for politicians in Wales…

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Getting Research Into Local Government Scrutiny

  Following on from the popularity of Lauren Carter-Davies’ blog – Engaging with the Policy-making and Scrutiny Process in Wales: How Does Research Get into the National Assembly for Wales? we asked Dave Mckenna, from Swansea Council, to explore how research can be used  in the local government scrutiny process. Compared…

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Think Tank to Thank? – The Origination and Development of the Central Policy Review Staff and its relevance to the Public Policy Institute for Wales today

This week’s guest blog comes from Michael Hodson, an undergraduate student at Cardiff University. As part of his three week placement with the PPIW over the summer Michael was asked to research the history of the Central Policy Review Staff, and what lessons it can offer the PPIW today. The…

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What will Brexit mean for Wales?

On 23 June, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The process for leaving and the implications for Wales are uncertain, but broadly speaking there are three forms that Brexit could take: Soft Brexit: Retain membership of the single market through the European Economic Area (EEA). The closest type…

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Necessary but not Sufficient – The Role of Finance in Supporting Public Sector Innovation

Innovation requires financial investment; there’s no two ways about it, and that’s a problematic message for public sector organisations operating under significant funding constraints. Problematic, and also paradoxical, because it is through investing in innovation that we can design better, cheaper public services and support increased democratic and civic engagement.…

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