Increasing the Impact of the What Works Network across the UK

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Wales Centre for Public Policy is working with What Works Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast, the Alliance for Useful Evidence and a range of What Works Centres to increase the impact of the What Works network across the UK, in an ESRC-funded project.

The project involves running a series of six summits for policymakers and public services across the devolved nations in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, each of which will focus on a key issue that draws on evidence from at least two What Works Centres. These summits will take place between September 2018 and May 2019, and will be co-designed with the What Works network, key policymakers, and public service leaders, focusing on evidence produced by What Works Centres which addresses issues that are priorities for the devolved administrations.

The project aims to:

  • Share knowledge and learning across What Works Centres
  • Encourage cross-jurisdictional learning and test out ways in which What Works Centres can engage effectively with devolved administrations
  • Improve access to What Works outputs by policymakers and public services in devolved administrations

The first three summits are currently being planned, and will focus on early years, youth homelessness, and place-based approaches to children’s outcomes.

To find out more about this project, please contact Emma Taylor-Collins, Senior Research Officer at Wales Centre for Public Policy and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.