Speaking at our formal launch on 27th January 2014, the First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones welcomed the Public Policy Institute for Wales’ role in providing ministers with access to independent experts from Wales, the UK and beyond.
He emphasised the importance of adopting new ideas and approaches in order to get the most from public services at a time of shrinking funding.
“We know that budgets are being squeezed and we need to be prepared for the effects this will have.
“The PPIW offers a wide range of experience and expertise to challenge, inform and provide fresh thinking so that we as a government can better identify priorities, create robust policy and most importantly deliver for the people of Wales.”
Professor Steve Martin, Director of the PPIW, added: “The creation of the Public Policy Institute for Wales reflects the growing recognition, in Wales and around the world, that evidence and knowledge derived from research can play an important part in helping to improve policy decisions.”
Our launch was hosted by Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, and chaired by Professor Sir Adrian Webb, chair of the Institute’s independent Board of Governors.
Guests included senior representatives of the Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Liverpool, Swansea Universities, the University of South Wales, Bevan Foundation, Institute for Welsh Affairs, Public Services Wales, Nesta and the Welsh Government. The event received wide coverage in the media including radio, television and both ITV and BBC news.
Watch the launch video clip here: http://goo.gl/CQxqVK