WCPP work showcased in new report from the Academy of Social Sciences

The Wales Centre for Public Policy is featured in a new report published by the Academy of Social Sciences, in partnership with SAGE Publishing.

The Place to Be: how social sciences are helping to improve places in the UK, brings together 24 case studies showcasing how university-based social scientists are helping to make local areas, businesses, and public services better, and improve social and economic outcomes. It covers multiple social science disciplines and teams from across the UK.

The WCPP’s work has informed and influenced policy making and decision making in a number of range of important areas, from preventing youth homelessness to helping to ensure that early years childcare provision is more efficiently targeted towards working parents. Recently we concentrated much of our efforts on the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in Wales and ways of tackling loneliness and social isolation, improving education and economic resilience, and promoting a green recovery. We also looked at the impact of Brexit on household incomes, the health and social care workforce, and key sectors of the Welsh economy.

The First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Mark Drakeford, has said:

“The work of the Wales Centre for Public Policy greatly strengthens our policy-making in Wales. It gives us high-quality independent evidence to challenge current assumptions and improve our decisions.”

The Academy of Social Sciences promotes social sciences in the UK for public benefit. It showcases, champions and advocates for the social sciences, raising awareness of their immense influence and helping to secure a flourishing future for them.