WISERD/Civil Society

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of Social Sciences

Abstract

This proposal is for a National Research Centre (WISERD/Civil Society) to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing Civil Society in Wales. Established in 2008, WISERD provides an 'All-Wales' focus for research and has had a major impact on the quantity and quality of social science research undertaken in Wales. As part of WISERD, WISERD/Civil Society will enable this work to be deepened and sustained through a focused research programme that further develops our research expertise, intensifies our policy impact and knowledge exchange work and strengthens our research capacity and career development activities. WISERD/Civil Society will therefore aim to develop key aspects of the multidisciplinary research initiated during the first phase of WISERD's work to produce new empirical evidence to inform our understanding of the changing nature of civil society in the context of devolved government and processes of profound social and economic change.

There are many disagreements over what civil society is and how it may be changing. We do know that over the last forty years there have been unprecedented changes in the spheres of economy and industry, politics and governance, social relations and individual life courses. How individuals in local contexts are affected by and respond to dramatic institutional changes is not well understood. An important gap in our knowledge is in describing and explaining the impact of social change on local forms of civil society and civil society organisations and what this means for social cohesion and well-being. In addition how different forms of civil society are developing in the context of multi-level and devolved government is not well understood. Because of its size and devolved government, Wales offers a unique context for studying these issues. Viewing Wales as a 'laboratory for social science' the proposed centre will build on existing networks of researchers who have a wide range of expertise and skills. Large survey data sets will be exploited and analysed and new data collected on civil society in Wales, the UK and Europe. Inter-disciplinarity and multi-method approaches applied to longitudinal and comparative data will be a key feature and strength of the WISERD/Civil Society research programme. Our research will be underpinned by three principles: (i) to maximise research impact, (ii) to become a centre of excellence for comparative, longitudinal, and relational research methods and (iii) to contribute to the growth of research capacity in Wales. We will also extend our research out from Wales to undertake comparative studies at different regional, national and international levels. In this way WISERD will make substantive and novel contributions to the advancement of social theory applied to researching contemporary civil society and to methodological approaches to describing and explaining patterns of civic participation in the context of devolution and multi-level governance. Substantive research will be applied to real and timely research problems conducted under four inter-related themes:

Locality, Community and Civil Society
Individuals, Institutions and Governance
Economic Austerity, Social Enterprise and Inequality
Generation, Life Course and Social Participation

Our aim will be to produce a wide range of outputs accessible to a variety of different audiences, including: academic papers; books; working papers; seminars; web based material; video and e-learning materials; as well as disseminating our work through a diversity of activities. Public awareness will be raised through events; activities; and exhibitions, designed to foster interest and encourage discussion and debate. WISERD/Civil Society will have a strong management structure, substantial institutional support, and close links with relevant organisations, and will provide substantive career development for new and early-career researchers and PhD students.

Planned Impact

Who will benefit?
We will target four key beneficiary groups; (i) Researchers and research networks; (ii) Policy makers and national and local government; (iii) Third Sector and Civil Society Organisations and (iv) the General Public and Communities.

How will they benefit?
Findings from the multidisciplinary research programme will advance knowledge and stimulate further research and debate across wide range of academics. We will create a rich and vibrant research environment, involving networks of national and international academics, with a strategy to disseminate research and knowledge as widely as possible by means of a series of targeted events, published outputs and the use of social and digital media. We will make a rich set of new data available to the academic community. We will implement a five year career development programme aimed at newly appointed researchers and established investigators within WISERD/Civil Society participating institutions. We will establish a network to bring researchers together from the four UK nations focusing on devolution and civil society. Specific research capacity activities will include three grant-linked PhD studentships and, in collaboration with the Wales DTC & the White Rose DTC, a substantial cohort of further funded studentships. Early and mid-career researchers will be given responsibility for work packages with mentoring and support from senior researchers. Our international links will provide advanced and specialist training for staff and academics in the thematic networks. We will provide strong web-based engagement and dissemination and e-learning opportunities across a wide range of levels from secondary schools to advanced postgraduate training and specialist teaching. All new and early-career researchers will be expected to contribute to planning meetings, seminars and joint Seminars with Government departments. Where events and seminars and publications are being planned new researchers will be partnered with senior researchers to deliver outputs as part of a research management development plan. We will organise reciprocal internships and placements for programme staff in civil society organisations and the Welsh Government. Policy actors will therefore benefit from access to the research process (planning; interpretation of findings; and access to data for further research) and from access to preliminary research findings. In close collaboration with the new Public Policy Institute for Wales we will inform Welsh Government priority areas from a civil society perspective. A comprehensive impact strategy will range from programme level events and activities (conferences, seminar series, training courses) undertaken on a rolling annual basis to key impact targets for each of the individual work packages within the research themes (including research and policy output workshops, web based and social media dissemination and public engagement activities) to be delivered within defined timescales. Third sector and private organisations will benefit from a clearer understanding of how their work is related to wider aspects of civil society and forms of social capital. This will lead to an increased focus on evidence and will inform and improve plans to deliver services more effectively and efficiently and to work more closely with the social enterprise sector. We will also work with third sector organisations and groups to develop learning opportunities particularly within policy research, comparative research and analysis of Welsh data. Through our emphasis on user involvement, engagement and co-production the public and communities will benefit from an independent and challenging research programme, focused on the social outcomes of civil society processes, that produces evidence on the inter-relationships between individuals and institutions, and disseminates that evidence back to the general public in diverse and usable formats.

Organisations

People

ORCID iD

Ian Rees Jones (Principal Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1682-9134
Rhys Davies (Co-Investigator)
Christopher Matthew Taylor (Co-Investigator)
Stephen Mark Davies (Co-Investigator)
Philip Daniel Murphy (Co-Investigator)
Elin Royles (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1903
Gary Higgs (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2169-6671
Sally Anne Power (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3287-0003
Gareth Rees (Co-Investigator)
Alison Jane Green (Co-Investigator)
Catherine Robinson (Co-Investigator)
Paul Chaney (Co-Investigator)
Daniel Edward Wincott (Co-Investigator)
Lindsay Paterson (Co-Investigator)
David H Blackaby (Co-Investigator)
Kate Emily Moles (Co-Investigator)
Rhys Alwyn Jones (Co-Investigator)
Stephen James Drinkwater (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9973-8811
Howard Henshall Davis (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9794-3325
Robin Mann (Co-Investigator)
Mitchel Langford (Co-Investigator)
Jesse Heley (Co-Investigator)
Andrew Thompson (Co-Investigator)
Paul John Milbourne (Co-Investigator)
Rhys Dafydd Jones (Co-Investigator)
Alexander John Bryson (Co-Investigator)
Martin Jones (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4627-2293
Gillian Margaret Robinson (Co-Investigator)
Melanie Kim Jones (Co-Investigator)
Nicholas Richard Johns (Co-Investigator)
Martin Hyde (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9955-8121
S Orford (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8517-4752
Fiona Malcolm O'Hanlon (Co-Investigator)
Martina Yvonne Feilzer (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2107-4992
Michael John Woods (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3813-4138
Susan McVie (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1772-3742
A M Cole (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9222-0523
Jon Anderson (Co-Investigator)
Laura Joanne Jones (Researcher)
Ian Matthew Stafford (Researcher)
Anita Staneva (Researcher)
 
Title Dr Elin Royles WP2.3 Short video on Young people's views on Brexit a year after Brexit 
Description Young people filmed at the Urdd Youth Eisteddfod, Bridgend as part of the Young people and Brexit project associate with WP 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Collaboration with members of the Urdd, videos shared with the organisation and shown at the Young People and Brexit Conference, London 22.6.17 
URL http://cwps.aber.ac.uk/portfolio/barn-pobl-ifanc-am-brexit/
 
Title Dr Jean Jenkins - Project Banner/Poster 
Description Through collaboration with our partners, we created a poster/banner to define the OLR project. Using the digital image banners have been produced in India by our project partners and in UK. The banners are being used to provide an identity for project events being held in both countries. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The banner promotes the research and its intended outcomes to stakeholders in both India and UK and it provides the project with an easy to understand identity. 
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce 06.10.16 - Two short films on young people and the EU referendum 
Description With ESRC Impact Acceleration Account money we have produced two short films (8 and 5 minutes) with young people discussing our findings. These are available on the WISERD website and have been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use them in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Giving voice to the young people involved. Their use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times they have been watched on the website will give an indication as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL http://www.wiserd.ac.uk/should-we-stay-or-should-we-go-young-people-and-eu-referendum/
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - Brexit Cymraeg: Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum - Welsh language with English subtitles 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced an eight minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. This video is in Welsh with English subtitles 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-brexit-cymraeg
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - Forming Views: Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced an eight minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-forming-views
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - How did you vote in the Brexit referendum?: Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced a two minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-how-did-you-vote-brexit-referendum
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - Impact of Brexit: Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced a seven minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-impact-brexit
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - Intergenerational; Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced a seven minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-intergenerational
 
Title Dr Sioned Pearce, June 2017 - Young People - Votes at 16: Thoughts from young people about the UK's EU Referendum 
Description Funded via an ESRC Brexit grant we have produced a three minute film to engage young people in discussions about their ideas and feelings on the UK's EU Referendum. This is available on the WISERD website and it has been advertised to a wide network of youth practitioners who may want to use it in workshops on politics with young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This video gives voice to the young people involved in the discussions. Its use in youth practitioner workshops will be an impact and the number of times it has been watched on the website will give an indication as to their use as they have only been advertised to youth practitioners. 
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/young-people-votes-16
 
Title Prof Michael Woods Aug 2018 - En Route Documentary 
Description Documentary film following young asylum seekers in two residential centres in rural Sardinia and civil society organizations managing the centres, made in collaboration with film-makers Gaetano Crivaro and Margherita Pisano (L'Ambulante) (51 minutes). The film has been screened at academic conferences and meetings, and at film festivals including MAV festival, Rome; Wales One World (WOW) Festival; and 10° Cinemigrante, Buenos Aries. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Screenings of the film have stimulated discussion of the 'refugee crisis' in the Mediterranean and informed public understanding of the issue. 
URL https://lambulante.org/en-route/
 
Description Overall, we have found that that the extent and nature of civil society engagement is highly uneven along a number of dimensions: i) locality and community; ii) institutions and forms of governance; iii) economic change; and, iv) across the life course.

Key findings from theme 1 show how diverse localities are shaping local civil society participation both over the long term and in response to catalysts such as the refugee crisis and Brexit; the importance of social media in facilitating connections among civil society groups that are both local and global; and how civil society actors may or may not be able to influence the development of city-regions. In particular, findings from in depth comparative ethnographies indicate that attachments and relationships to place continue to provide an important basis for local voluntary activity. These place-based attachments can act as both a resource and a barrier for the nurturing of an inclusive civil society.

Key findings from theme 2 reveal the key role played by inter-personal and institutional trust in 'mixed economy' modes of welfare delivery; how governance complexity is undermining transparency and citizen awareness; and issues of limited third sector capacity to deliver social care in rural areas. Comparative research within Europe, Africa and Asia has also shown there is a strong and growing demand for more diverse and effective forms of citizen and civil society engagement to increase levels of trust and engage an increasingly diverse, busy and complex urban population. We also show how schools and other institutions are key in supporting civic engagement.

Key findings from theme 3 highlight the important economic role played by social enterprises during austerity, make important contributions to methods of spatial analysis of social outcomes and have provided new insights into regional variations in trade union membership and how these impact on associational life. This theme has a particular concern for inequality and research has delivered important findings on public sector pay. In relation to trade union membership, we have explored reasons underpinning the underpinning the path dependence of regional variations in trade union membership. Finally, innovative spatial analysis has been used to reveal the uneven accessibility of public services, such as childcare provision, in Wales.

Key findings from theme 4 include how different intergenerational processes and life-course events promote and inhibit civic engagement and patterns of volunteering. We have found, that regular contact with grandparents is associated with what are described as pro-social behaviours. Research across three generations has shown the importance of the intergenerational transmission in determining dispositions that might be significance for civic and political engagement. Of particular importance is the participation of older people in civil society. Moreover, whether and how often an older person volunteered was found to depend on his or her concern and interest in nurturing and guiding future generations.

Finally, methodological developments and data integration work are led by the WISERD data portal (http://dataportal1-wiserd.cf.ac.uk/). This plays a key role in the research infrastructure for Wales and offers unique resource facilitating knowledge exchange about civil society to civil society.
Exploitation Route Findings from theme 1 have the potential to contribute to policy-making at local, Wales and UK scales. In particular there are three key contributions: a) informing strategies to encourage and support volunteering and community participation; b) informing policies and civil society actions to promote social inclusion and integration of international migrants; c) contributing to enhanced civic engagement in local and regional governance. The research on human rights under theme 2 is informing consultations with EHRC, the House of Commons, and the UN. Our development of network-based GIS modelling can be taken forward to identify regional variations in a range of public service provisions and has the capacity to indicate how to optimise the future configuration of facilities to address a wide range of performance goals. Research on pay differentials in theme 3 has influenced Welsh Government, ONS and UK Treasury thinking. Work from theme 4 offers the potential to understand the benefits and disbenefits of voluntary work throughout the life course, to see how policy can best support older people in reconciling competing demands of grandparenting and civic engagement, as well as illuminating the (unintended) consequences of school strategies to promote young people's civic engagement.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail

URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/research
 
Description The ESRC WISERD Civil Society programme has built on the strong foundations of WISERD's earlier ESRC investments to develop and consolidate impact-related activities designed to benefit various public, professional and policy communities at local, national and international levels. In the following section we draw out the impact 'highlights' of our research. Theme 1 The findings are significant for outside agencies engaged in delivering support and public services. Research teams in theme 1 have engaged with various stakeholders to support the dissemination and use of findings in a number of ways. Following their research on civic participation in two communities in north Wales, researchers have been asked by charity Local Trust to bring their experience of ethnographic, place-based research to explore patterns of local participation in Big Local project areas. Each Big Local area has been allocated £1m of Lottery funding to support people to make sustainable change in their community. Theme 1 researchers have also been consulted by the National Lottery Community Fund Wales (previously the Big Lottery Fund Wales) on the development of their Rural Programme. Research findings on civil society work with refugees and asylum seekers has been discussed with government and civil society stakeholders in Wales, with interest from the Home Office on drawing lessons for the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Research on European migrants' engagement with civil society has been shared with policy-makers and civil society groups and has been incorporated into a report on 'Rural Policy in Wales After Brexit' as part of a UK-wide series launched at the House of Lords. Research on the role of civil society in the UK's city region building agenda has contributed to government policy making through contribution to a Select Committee and a submission to the RSA's Inclusive Growth Commission. Theme 2 The research on human rights under Theme Two is shaping policy and practice through engagement with bodies like the Equality and Human Rights Commission, House of Commons, and United Nations policy consultations/ calls for evidence and has led to successful GCRF funding for a new research network exploring civil society human rights advocacy in India and Bangladesh. Work has been cited in wide range of policy reviews and consultations. We have placed strong emphasis on engagement with stakeholders with workshops and presentations to national and local voluntary organisations in Wales and beyond. An event for young people, practitioners and Welsh Assembly members led to the creation of a memorandum of understanding which was later presented to the Minister for Lifelong Learning. Our work on trust and transparency within the context of multi-level governance in Europe has led to debates about how to rebuild citizens' confidence in democracy. Internationally, our work on civil society and equality in emerging economies has opened up debates about the disparity between policy and practice and what can be done to address these inequalities. Findings from this aspect of our Programme have been disseminated to leading politicians and policy-makers - notably, at the colloquium on 'Les paradoxes confiance-transparence/Trust- Transparency Paradoxes' held at Sciences Po Lyon, 04.05.2018 Theme 3 Since its inception WISERD has undertaken path breaking work on labour markets and under the WISERD Civil Society Centre our research is making an important contribution to debates and policies addressing the growing labour market inequalities associated with globalisation and austerity. On the policy front, research on public sector pay has produced a range of key findings and is cited in a number of government reports. Strategies to protect the rights of workers with disabilities have also been developed as a result of our recent research and are being currently being fed into government policy and employer practice through the provision of evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee and All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability. In terms of civil society organisations, we are working closely with trade unions in order to improve industrial relations and workers' rights at global and local levels. This research should help focus trade unions both in terms of enhancing their capacity to exert influence over political-economic institutions and in terms of supporting their own membership more effectively. Our research has also informed a revision of official statistics related to trade union membership - this followed our raising questions about the way the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) produces statistics regarding the membership of trade unions within the UK and has led subsequent revisions of estimates of trade union presence. The GIS modelling of childcare provision has informed the choice of pilot areas that are now being used to trial a roll-out of the Welsh Governments 'flagship policy' regarding the free childcare offer. Theme 4 WISERD Civil Society research has enabled us to examine how different life-course events promote and inhibit civic engagement. These insights have been fed into a range of activities with policy makers and third sector organisations with the aim of addressing barriers to participation. In terms of civil society organisations, research on 'serious leisure and the 'grey economy' involves working with voluntary sector organisations, such as the Botanic Garden of Wales and the Royal British Legion in order to help them develop strategies to support volunteering for older citizens. Our work on young people's civic engagement and the counterproductive implications of 'compulsory' volunteering have been fed back to the Welsh Government. In addition, our analysis of the significance of intergenerational transmission for passing on 'civic virtues' will be used to advocate for schools to better utilise the capacity and contribution grandparents make on children in their own activities. Methods and Data Integration Pathbreaking GIS research on mapping accessibility to services has had considerable impact in policy terms and on methodological developments. A Research project looking at developing innovative methods of measuring accessibility to sports facilities in Wales using network-based GIS approaches has been undertaken with Sports Wales helping them with sports management and planning. We have leveraged in additional research funded by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) in relation to the Welsh Government's free childcare offer to provide a better understanding of the current availability of childcare services across Wales. Detailed spatial analysis of variations in childcare provision in Wales has highlighted those areas where there appears to be considerable under-provision of service and is helping the government deliver its manifesto commitment to develop free childcare placements for working parents. The Chief Social Research Officer (Welsh Government), has drawn on WISERD research examining implications of using alternative approaches to measuring accessibility within indices of deprivation. The WISERD DataPortal continues to have impact both by providing a unique data service to civil society organisations and through a secondment to the National Assembly that has developed a constituency mapper tool. Data are mapped for Wales' geographic areas, such as constituencies and regions. This interface offers staff within the Assembly, including those responsible for scrutinising Welsh Government policy, such as Assembly Members, Assembly Member Support Staff and the Research Service, a unique opportunity to see the spatial variation of a number of key indicators across Wales, providing a better understanding of areas where policy decisions may have the greatest impact. The WISERD data portal also has strong links with the new ESRC Housing Research Centre and through the CaCHE Data Navigator - a web-based software application which will enhance a researcher's ability to discover housing and housing-related data, - will facilitate the re-use and re-purposing of existing data.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description 1. Influencing policy actors at the City Region: Senior Inclusion Officer of Sheffield CR Combined Authority (factual statement can be made available), email from Climate Change Group relating to growth and policy reduction recommendation being used to negotiate policies with Sheffield City Council around housing insulation and job creation), Presentation to Greater Manchester TUC, September 2016, Sheffield TUC, December 2016,
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://sheffieldtuc.co.uk/campaigns/new-research-devolution-disadvantage-sheffield-city-region
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) (WP2.2) - Prof Paul Chaney, 10.06.16, invited keynote speaker, Research in Practice Leaders Forum, Birmingham.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/news/wiserd-research-practice-leaders-forum
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) (WP2.2) Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) 19.01.17 - Talwrn "Communities in a changing Wales" the third sector roundtable/ engagement event, January 19th Yr Hen Llyfrgell, The Hayes, Cardiff
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) (WP2.2) Roadshow; stand, meetings and academic presentations at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations - Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference on 7-8 September 2018 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) (WP2.2) Roadshow; stand, meetings and academic presentations at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations - Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference on 8-9 September 2017 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) - Prof Paul Chaney 8th & 9th September 2017 -Roadshow stand, meetings and academic presentations at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations - Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference on 8-9 September 2016 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham (WP2.2)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to Voluntary sector practitioners (influencing practice) and policy-makers - Prof Paul Chaney - 27.06.17 Presentation of findings from the Civil Society Research Programme (Work-package 2.2 'Territoriality and Third Sector Engagement in Policy-Making and Welfare Provision' at National Assembly for Wales Exchanging Ideas seminar
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to policy-makers (influencing policy and practice) - Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) Invited Presentation to National Assembly for Wales (Assembly Briefing Series) 23 February 2015 entitled: "Inclusiveness"? Exploring Civil Society Organisations' (CSOs') Policy Engagement with the NAfW 1999-2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description A talk or presentation to policy-makers (influencing practice) - Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) Invited Presentation to National Assembly for Wales (Assembly Briefing Series) 23 February 2015 entitled: "Inclusiveness"? Exploring Civil Society Organisations' (CSOs') Policy Engagement with the NAfW 1999-2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description Amy Sanders (PhD Student) (WP2.2 - Chaney et al) funded placement with Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review (Jan- Feb 2018) - Data-gathering and co-authorship of Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review of past engagement with the third sector and strategic plans for future engagement
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
Impact Amy Sanders (PhD Student) (WP2.2 - Chaney et al) funded placement with Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review (Jan- Feb 2018) - Data-gathering and co-authorship of Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review of past engagement with the third sector and strategic plans for future engagement 1. Planned and facilitated the meeting of the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) members: This aimed to review the last 20 years and make plans for third sector engagement in the next 20 years on behalf of WCVA 2. Report on the Key Findings from the Event for WCVA: This included the following key proposals put forward by TSPC members: a. Maturing the engagement mechanisms: Have less time-consuming engagement structures that achieve an impact and are an effective use of resources b. Digital engagement: Use digital engagement tools to maximise accessibility & reduce resources c. Valuing the partnership: Reinforced sense of partnership between Third Sector and Welsh Government d. Ensuring impact: Consistent monitoring and evaluation of the Third Sector - government partnership using actionable outcomes to ensure our objectives are being achieved e. Preventing disillusionment in the partnership: Partnership is re-energised through closer joint-working f. Evidencing the value of the Third Sector: Ensure the Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers understand the full value of the Third Sector in Wales g. Connecting Welsh Government to people and communities: Third Sector act as conduit for Ministers & Cabinet Secretaries to meet community groups and feel connected to the people of Wales h. Engagement in policy development: The Third Sector involved at every step i. Information exchange: Welsh Government access information more from the Third Sector to inform Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and officials, as well as providing information about Welsh Government j. Achieving Scrutiny: The Third Sector acts more as a critical friend to Welsh Government, holding it to account and ensuring problems are being addressed k. Communication between Third Sector organisations: Use the networks more to keep Third Sector organisations informed of the partnership l. How to widen engagement of the Third Sector organisations: Use the networks to engage more Third Sector organisations within the engagement mechanisms
 
Description Amy Sanders (PhD Student) (WP2.2 - Chaney et al) funded placement with Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review (Jan- Feb 2018) - Data-gathering and co-authorship of Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review of the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
Impact Amy Sanders (PhD Student) (WP2.2 - Chaney et al) funded placement with Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review (Jan- Feb 2018) - Data-gathering and co-authorship of Wales Council for Voluntary Action Review of the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC). Activities included: Meet & interview all key WCVA staff that coordinate the TSPC and the Cabinet Secretary Meetings. Purpose: to produce a report for the WCVA Senior Management Team; and Report on the Key Findings of the WCVA staff review.
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP 2.2) 12.9.18 - Workshop 'Conceptualising Social Value and implications for commissioning practice' at National Social Care Conference (Wales)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Delegates were presented with an original framework for understanding social value based on research findings. The workshop invited participants to reflect on, the implications of this framing for commissioning practice. The impact of this will be an enhanced understanding of different conceptions of social value leading to more targeted and relevant service commissioning practice by officers of local authorities and health boards.
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP2.2) - Consultation Response - Welsh Government 'Review of Strategic Partnerships launched'
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP2.2) - Welsh Government Consultation on Revised Part 9 Guidance Social Services and Well being (Wales) Act
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP2.2) 1.12.17 Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP2.2) 11.12.17 Briefng document presented to the Welsh Government Minister for Children and Social Care
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/publications/delivering-transformation-wales-social-services-and-well-being-wal...
 
Description Dr Christala Sophocleous (WP2.2) 16.11.17 Civil Society Futures
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Dr Elin Royles (WP2.3) - Presentation to the Assembly Panel on Electoral Reform: Report of the Assembly Panel on Electoral Reform 'A Parliament that Works for Wales' (2017). Gave a presentation to the Panel at their first formal meeting on 14.2.17, informed by the WP on young people's views on political engagement and participation.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.assembly.wales/NAfW%20Documents/About%20the%20Assembly%20section%20documents/Expert%20Pan...
 
Description Dr Elin Royles (WP2.3) - Written Submission to the National Assembly for Wales Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform drawing on WP research, submission reference EP25 Report of the Assembly Panel on Electoral Reform 'A Parliament that Works for Wales' (2017) http://www.assembly.wales/NAfW%20Documents/About%20the%20Assembly%20section%20documents/Expert%20Panel%20on%20Assembly%20Electoral%20Reform/A%20Parliament%20that%20Works%20for%20Wales.pdf Evidence listed here: Drawing on our research, the submission made 3 recommendations: i) reducing the voting age to 16; ii) revising and formalising democracy education and consideration of the life curriculum within statutory education; iii) increasing the capacity of voluntary and third sector organisations working with young people and youth work to enable them to promote democracy education.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.assembly.wales/NAfW%20Documents/About%20the%20Assembly%20section%20documents/Expert%20Pan...
 
Description Dr Jean Jenkins (WP3.3), 14.04.18, Wales TUC Representatives ' Training - Train the Trainer, Usk
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Invited speaker at the Wales TUC Representatives' Training: Train the Trainer event in Usk on 14.04.18. Impact is slow to be seen in this area as changes take time and are incremental - the main outcomes are knowledge sharing and building process to raise awareness of employment issues.
 
Description Dr Jean Jenkins (WP3.3), 22.03.18 - Wales TUC Representatives' Training: Employment Rights - The Global Perspective, Llandudno
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Invited speaker to the Wale TUC Representatives' Training on Employment Rights in Llandudno on 22.03.18. Impact is slow to be seen in this area as changes take time and are incremental - the main outcomes are knowledge sharing and building process to raise awareness of employment issues.
 
Description Dr Jean Jenkins - Fieldworker Training
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Organised meetings of our partner's fieldworkers are currently taking place every Wednesday to train them in the use of technology to support systematic record keeping. The data being collected will be used to meet the objectives of the project as well as the objectives of our partner organisation. This is a somewhat new development, bringing campaigners together on a regular and more formal basis. Such meetings will feed in to capacity building at the grass roots and the techniques and methods being acquired by the fieldworkers will aid them with their work once the project has come to an end.
 
Description Dr Jean Jenkins - Nov/Dec 2019, Fieldworker Training in the use of Street Theatre and Music as a Means of Communication, Bangalore
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The use of music and theatre is intended as a quick and effective medium of communication for workers with limited educational background thus enabling greater engagement.
 
Description Dr Robin Mann (WP1.1), June 2017 - Meeting with Wrexham Council Care Services
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Using our research findings in implementation of local community agent strategy, June 2017
 
Description Dr Sioned Pearce 07.10.16 - Requested presentation of Memorandum of Agreement from youth engagement event to policy makers
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Dr Sioned Pearce, May 2017 - Requested presentation on Communities First for Welsh Government Civil Servants
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Dr Sophie Yarker (WP4.3) - Presentations at WCVA Gofod3 events in Cardiff 2017 and 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact These presentations contributed to shaping the discussion around how to engage older people in civil society organsiations.
 
Description Dr Start Fox - Member of Task and Finish Group of Welsh Government to develop new Volunteering Funding Model for Wales
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Dr Stuart Fox - Member of Data Quality & Assurance Group for charity Step up to Serve
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Dr Taulant Guma (WP1.3), Dec 2017 - Informing practice of Home Office's engagement with migrant organisations
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Following a knowledge-exchange event held with the Wales' Home Office policy team in December 2107, we were contacted by the latter to help with the distribution of government information to EU migrants living in Wales. This included passing on information to various migrant organisations asking them to get in touch and register with the Home Office in order to keep up to date with the ongoing development in the context of Brexit negotiations. As well as offering a more effective way of providing information to migrants especially at a critical time (ie during Brexit negotiations), this also led to Home Office being more aware of the wide and diverse range of organisations that existed in Wales.
 
Description MSc in Geographical Information Systems
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description On Friday 21 September 2018, WISERD Co-Director Professor Paul Chaney gave a keynote address at H.M. Treasury, Government Economic Service and Government Social Research Annual Conference in Aldersgate, London. The conference theme was 'Better Analysis through Diversity of Thought, Place and People'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact On Friday 21 September 2018, WISERD Co-Director Professor Paul Chaney gave a keynote address at H.M. Treasury, Government Economic Service and Government Social Research Annual Conference in Aldersgate, London. The conference theme was 'Better Analysis through Diversity of Thought, Place and People'. 400 delegates from the British civil service attended the conference. The presentation argued for diversity in public decision-making and drew upon Wiserd research to make this case. The presentation prompted questions, discussion and requests for further information and was videoed by HM Treasury.
URL https://wiserd.ac.uk/news/wiserd-keynote-address-hm-treasury-government-economic-service-and-governm...
 
Description Participation in a workshop or similar - Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) 02.02.2016 -presentation to Third Sector practitioners; Organised out of politics? Women, Civil Society and Legislative Representation; Hosted by Chwarae Teg/Women's Equality Network.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description Philippa Davies (PhD Student) (WP2.2 Chaney et al) three-month funded student placement with Women in Sport (WiS) a leading London-based third sector organisation. Activities included data-gathering and writing for current research projects - including completing literature reviews and succinct briefings on selected projects - such as Women in Sport's "Beyond 30% - Female Leadership in Sport".
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
Impact Philippa Davies (PhD Student) (WP2.2 Chaney et al) three-month funded student placement with Women in Sport (WiS) a leading London-based third sector organisation. Activities included data-gathering and writing for current research projects - including completing literature reviews and succinct briefings on selected projects - such as Women in Sport's "Beyond 30% - Female Leadership in Sport". Other work included contributing to projects on examining the impact of gender stereotypes on girls' participation in sport to the representation gap between sportswomen and men in the media.
 
Description Presentation of research evidence to government review - Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) 26.06.2015 - Evidence Symposium, invited speaker presentation to Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) hosted by the Presiding Officer at the National Assembly for Wales
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Shaped government thinking - Presentation of research evidence to government review - Prof Paul Chaney (WP2.2) 26.06.2015 - Evidence Symposium, invited speaker presentation to Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) hosted by the Presiding Officer at the National Assembly for Wales
URL http://slideplayer.com/slide/8613354/
 
Description Presentation/ consultation response to policy-makers - Prof Paul Chaney - 11.05.16 - (WP2.2) Written policy consultation response on the Welsh Government's National Survey, Cardiff
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Shaped voluntary sector practitioners' and politicians' knowledge through information exchange
 
Description Prof Chris Taylor - Reference in Welsh Government annual remit letter 2018/19 to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.hefcw.ac.uk/documents/about_he_in_wales/WG_priorities_and_policies/2018-19%20Remit%20Let...
 
Description Prof David Blackaby (2015) Member of NHS Pay Review Body
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Member of NHS Pay Review Body responsible for making recommendations on pay (for 1.4 million workers) in the NHS. In 2015 contributed to two reports NHS Pay Review Body, Scotland Report (2015) SG/2015/20 and NHS Pay Review Body. Enabling the delivery of health services every day of the week - the implications for Agenda for Change (2015) CM9107.
 
Description Prof David Blackaby (2015) Member of QAA Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Member of QAA Panel writing the Subject Benchmark Statement: Economics, published in 2015
 
Description Prof David Blackaby - Public sector pay differentials, further policy influence building on a programme of research from WISERD Phase 1
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Influencing six Pay Review Bodies responsible for making recommendation on pay to the Government covering around 2.5 million or 45% of public sector employees - a pay bill of around £100billion per annum.
 
Description Prof Gareth Rees (WP2.1) - Evidence to the Diamond Review on Part-time HE in Wales
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/highereducation/review-of-he-funding-and-student-finance-...
 
Description Prof Gary Higgs (WP 3.2), Citation in Welsh Government Consultation: Proposed indicators for the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://beta.gov.wales/proposed-indicators-welsh-index-multiple-deprivation-2019
 
Description Prof Gary Higgs (WP3.2) - Evaluating Accessibility to Sporting Facilities in Wales
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Research funded by Sport Wales (under the Illuminate scheme) to create a bespoke Add-In tools for ESRI's ArcGISTM Desktop software that enables the Welsh Government to gain evidence of the most appropriate places to allocate funding to sporting infrastructure. This has demonstrated the benefits of such techniques in assessing patterns of sporting provision as part of wider investigations concerned with examining the impacts of geography on levels of sport participation. The software developed during the course of the research is to be used by up to 40 separate affiliated sport governing bodies, providing them with greater insight into demand for their facilities. As an example, Welsh gymnastics have used these tools to review spatial equity of gymnastics facilities and coaching levels based at Welsh centres to inform their policies going forward. Sport Wales uses the tool to advise the Welsh Government about where public sector funding should be invested in order to deliver the greatest benefit. Once these tools become more widely available they will enable the potential for further collaboration between those organisations charged with promoting sports participation and health.
 
Description Prof Gary Higgs (WP3.2) - Modelling of childcare provision in Wales - GIS-based analysis that guided the choice of pilot study areas that began in September 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Modelling National Childcare Provision; this is the first study that has investigated variations in childcare places in Wales at detailed spatial scales in relation to the Welsh Government pledge to introduce 30 hours of free childcare to all working families. The research has identified those areas in Wales where there appears to be a considerable under-provision of service. The offer is to be rolled out in full by 2020 and would be guided in detail by the lessons learnt from pilots in seven local authorities that began in September 2017 that encompass a range of urban and rural settings and different levels of private and public sector delivery. The importance of this research was highlighted in the evidence paper to the Children, Young People and Education Committee of the National Assembly for Wales on 18th April 2018 (CYPE(5)-11-18) http://senedd.assembly.wales/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=443&MId=4794
URL http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/childcare-capacity-wales/?lang=en
 
Description Prof Ian Jones - Hosting of International placement students 2017
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact WISERD acted as host for 4 Chinese Erasmus students and 2 US placement students during 2017. These students were integrated into the research institute and had the opportunity to follow areas of study as well a being able to benefit from interaction and advice from WISERD academics. The Chinese students were with us for 3 months, Nov 2017-Jan 2018 and were: Jiwen Wang and Long Li from Renmin University, and Cuiwen Fa and Xiaojing Li from Peking University. The American Students were at WISERD for 4 months and were Justin Cook and Brian Webb from Northeastern University, USA.
 
Description Prof Ian Jones - Hosting of International placement students 2018
Geographic Reach South America