Below we outline details of our funders, as well as our partnerships with the What Works Network and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Our Funders 

The Centre has three core funders – the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Welsh Government and Cardiff University.

The Funders work with the Centre to agree its strategic direction and development, the content and timing of its core funded work programmes, and to monitor its output and impact.


What Works Network

The Wales Centre for Public Policy is part of the What Works Network and it works with other What Works Centres to synthesise and translate complex, sometimes inaccessible, evidence into practical and useable tools that policy makers and practitioners in Wales can use to improve decision making.

Other members of the What Works network include:

• The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
• The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, hosted by the College of Policing
• The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF)
• The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), established by the Sutton Trust
• The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (LEG), hosted by LSE with Arup and the Centre for Cities
• The Centre for Ageing Better, established by the BIG Lottery Fund.
• The What Works Centre for Wellbeing
• What Works Scotland


Alliance for Useful Evidence 

The Centre co-funds a Senior Research Officer with the Alliance for Useful Evidence, an initiative hosted by Nesta and funded by Big Lottery and ESRC. Hosted by the Centre, she works with the Alliance’s members in Wales as well as a range of other projects that the Centre is leading.