Following a request from the Minister for Finance and Government Business, the PPIW held an expert workshop on 7th March at the Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff, to explore how the Welsh Government could use its Invest to Save Fund more strategically to drive transformation and innovation across public services. This followed a previous report where the PPIW worked with Dr James Downe to recommend how good practice from the fund could be shared across the public sector.
The workshop was attended by academics from Birmingham University, Cardiff University and Erasmus University Rotterdam; innovation experts from the Innovation Unit, Nesta and Y Lab; and representatives from Welsh and Scottish governments. Professor Victor Bekkers presented evidence around the drivers and barriers for the diffusion and adoption of innovation in public services, and Helen Goulden discussed Nesta’s research into public service innovation and the role played by finance. We plan to publish a summary of the discussion in due course.