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Welsh Government takes innovative approach to policy making in Wales

Monday May 13th, 2019

On Friday (May 10 2019) the Welsh Government has announced it’s working in partnership with data analysis experts from Swansea and Cardiff Universities to help inform and develop policy making in Wales, thanks to a £5.3 million investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).Welsh Flag

This innovative new partnership, Administrative Data Research Wales (ADR Wales), will see data science experts at Swansea University Medical School and staff from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) at Cardiff University joining forces with specialist teams within the Welsh Government. Together they will develop new evidence which supports the Welsh Government’s national strategy, Prosperity for All.

ADR Wales will use the SAIL Databank at Swansea University, to link and analyse anonymised data. This process will enable the Welsh Government to understand more about the relationship between different areas of public service delivery and gain a better understanding of people’s experience as they move through different services. This will support the development of collaborative and integrated policy to improve the lives of people in Wales.

Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans said:

“I am pleased that the Welsh Government is working with Swansea and Cardiff University on this innovative data linking project. This partnership will enable us to access a richer evidence base, helping shape and support future policy decisions that improve the lives of people in Wales.”

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