2021 – In Review

This report provides a brief overview of the work we undertook in 2021, with embedded hyperlinks to our full reports. You can download the report below.


Welcome to our review of some of the highlights of the Wales Centre for Public Policy’s work in 2021.

We enjoyed another productive and prolific year in which we provided evidence to ministers and public service leaders on a wide range of important policy challenges facing Wales. Much of our work focused on the impacts of the pandemic including reports on:

  • The long-term prospects and implications of remote working;
  • How teachers can support students to catch up on missed learning opportunities; and
  • The role of community groups and technology in tackling loneliness and social isolation.

But alongside this, we also looked at some of the fundamental challenges that will be with us long after the pandemic:

  • Decarbonising the Welsh economy;
  • Eliminating race inequality;
  • Improving services for vulnerable children and young people; and
  • Coping with the impacts of Brexit on farming and on the labour market.

Our reports, policy briefings, commentaries and podcasts on these and other topics are available to download from our website, and we hope that you find them informative, relevant and useful.

We are grateful to the policy makers and public service leaders with whom we worked for their commitment to evidence informed policy and practice. We thank our Advisory Group and Public Services Reference Groups for their continued support and wise advice, and we acknowledge the vital contributions made by the numerous experts, research organisations and What Works Centres who we had the pleasure of working with in 2021.