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Research

Good research helps us understand what works and why it works. With this knowledge we can develop better ways of tackling the difficult issues present in Wales.

Our research is produced in three different ways, these are by:

  • organisations receiving a grant from us to produce research based on topics they have proposed (New Ideas Fund)
  • organisations commissioned and paid by us to produce research on topics we have defined (commissioned)
  • employees of the Welsh Government (in-house).

Developing a culture of collaborative scrutiny: an evaluation of practice and potential

Developing a culture of collaborative scrutiny: an evaluation of practice and potential

28/11/13
Report focusing on scrutiny within local government.
 

Local Authority Reserves and Unsupported Borrowing Research Paper

13/09/12
The Wales Audit Office has been commissioned to undertake research into Welsh Local Government's use of unsupported borrowing and reserves.
 

Learning to Improve: An Evaluation of the Welsh Government’s Policies for Local Government – Second Interim Report

18/07/11
This report presents findings from the second major phase of research, exploring the themes of central - local government relationships, citizen engagement and collaboration.
 
Community and Town Councils Survey 2010: Findings Report

Community and Town Councils Survey 2010: Findings Report

17/03/11
This report presents findings from the Welsh Government’s Community and Town Councils Survey 2010.
 

Rapid Evidence Assessment

18/01/11
We conducted a rapid evidence assessment (REA) of the literature on the relation between educational resourcing and various outcomes.
 
An evaluation of the small business rates relief scheme in Wales

An evaluation of the small business rates relief scheme in Wales

01/12/10
This document reports on the primary research undertaken by the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) to evaluate the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme (SBRRS) in Wales.
 
Evaluation of the Council Tax and Housing Benefit Take-up Scheme in Wales

Evaluation of the Council Tax and Housing Benefit Take-up Scheme in Wales

22/11/10
The Welsh Government has committed £4.5 million to Local Authorities (LAs) in four out of the last five years to help them increase Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB) take-up.
 

Heriot-Watt Report

18/12/09
Alternative Resource Allocation Models for Local Services in Wales.
 

Learning to Improve – Evaluation of Assembly Government policy for Local Government

01/09/09
First annual report and summary outlining the findings from a survey of local authority officials and elected members around the themes of collaboration, central-local relations and citizen engagement.
 
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Existing System of National Non-Domestic Rate Reliefs Reliefs in Wales and Consideration of the need for a Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Existing System of National Non-Domestic Rate Reliefs Reliefs in Wales and Consideration of the need for a Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

23/07/07
 
 
People, Plans and Partnerships - A National Evaluation of Community Strategies in Wales

People, Plans and Partnerships - A National Evaluation of Community Strategies in Wales

15/07/07
The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned a national evaluation of the effectiveness of the first round of community strategies in Wales entitled 'People, Plans and Partnerships: A National Evaluation of Community Strategies in Wales'.
 
Review of the Role and Functions of Elected Members

Review of the Role and Functions of Elected Members

13/05/07
This report sets out the key findings from an extensive programme of qualitative research carried out on behalf of the Welsh Government to review the role and functions of elected members in local authorities in Wales.
 

Welsh Government's response to the research study into the role, functions and future potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales

01/08/04
This paper provides a summary of the responses to the consultation on the research study into the role, functions and future potential of community and town councils in Wales, and the Welsh Government’s response to the researchers’ recommendations.
 
Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales

Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales

01/08/03