The Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) has been awarded ESRC funding to continue examining and developing the impact of the What Works Network. This work builds on previous Centre projects such as on implementation and on impact. This new project focuses on the following research questions:
This is not research aiming to ‘discover’ the ‘right’ definition of impact or ways of achieving it. Instead, it aims to be a learning and sharing project, with WWCs involved at every step of the way in shaping and contributing to its’ design and outputs. WCPP has been part of an informal group of WWCs that have been exchanging learning about impact over the last two years. The questions above reflect some of those discussions, as well as internal conversations within the Centre about how we can improve our own understanding and practices in achieving impact.
The project has five main aims:
The project will begin in April 2023 and run for 18 months. We will provide periodic updates on what we learn as the project progresses.