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Commentary 23 February 2023
How to improve regional productivity levers in England and Wales
In this blog, Helen Tilley, Jack Newman and Charlotte Hoole discuss their recent paper on whether UK regions have the policy levers they need to...
Commentary 17 November 2022
The state of democracy in Wales: What is it and how can we measure it?
Concerns over democratic health are a global phenomenon, often triggered by crises or events that result in public pressure for reform. Iceland’s near-economic destruction...
Commentary 1 November 2022
Understanding organisations that provide evidence for policy
This blog post is based on the Evidence & Policy article, ‘Knowledge brokering organisations: a new way of governing evidence’. New organisations have emerged in...
Commentary 25 October 2022
National Milestones – Using evidence and expertise to tell a ‘status story’
The ‘second wave’ of Welsh Government consultation on its National Milestones ended last month.  The Milestones relate to a set of National Indicators, articulated under...
Commentary 6 October 2022
Taking stock of our Research Apprentice scheme
The Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) introduced the Research Apprenticeship scheme in 2017. The scheme aims to build the capacity of early-career researchers to engage...
Commentary 23 September 2022
Has devolution delivered?
The last 25 years have seen a significant and sustained increase in public support for devolution in Wales. The 1997 referendum produced only a wafer thin majority...
Commentary 3 February 2022
Should the age of participation in education or training be raised to 18 in Wales?
Dr Matt Dickson is Reader in Public Policy at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath. Sue Maguire is an Honorary...
Commentary 14 April 2021
It ain’t what you (can) do it’s the way that you do it
How can devolved governments deliver distinctive policies?