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NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY.
The University of Wales Swansea established a National Centre for Public Policy in 1999. This Centre now undertakes research in many areas of public policy including housing, health, education, social policy, political change, governance, inter-organizational working, economic and employment policy. In particular, it:
The Centre is directed by Professor Mike Sullivan and assembles public policy experts from a wide range of University departments who already have a recognised expertise and reputation in public policy in Wales in both a British and European context. These University Fellows are drawn from the Departments of Economics, Education, Politics, Geography, History, Adult and Continuing Education and from the School of Social Sciences and International Development and the School of Health Sciences.
The Centre employs a core staff of Research Fellows and Research Associates to undertake both longer-term strategic research, and shorter-term practical research on contemporary and emerging issues of public policy in Wales.
The Centre is accountable to a Management Board consisting of a cross-section of representatives from the University and from the public and private sectors in Wales. Its current Board includes a Health Authority Chairman, a Chief Executive of a large unitary authority, the Secretary of the Welsh Local Government Association and a prominent member of the National Assembly for Wales.
The Centre awards Fellowships to key policy makers and membership to academic experts in other Welsh, U.K. and European institutions.
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A Masters in Public Administration
The Centre co-ordinates a new Masters in Public Administration on behalf of the University. This is designed to contribute to the needs of developing and implementing public policy in a changing and turbulent environment, and raising the quality of public servants in Wales. It is organised on a modular basis and is flexible to the needs of the participants. The modules include:
….As well as a dissertation in an area of the student’s own interests.
Secondments and Mentoring
The Centre offers an academic home to managers, practitioners and professionals seconded by their agencies to undertake policy-related research. Staff at the Centre act as mentors for these secondees and all University facilities are made available to them. The Centre will work on a short or long-term basis with public bodies in Wales, to assess and meet their particular organizational needs in this area.
Staff at the Centre is currently engaged in research on a wide range of topics including the following:
Devolution and Social Policy; the effects of Devolution on Political Parties; the Politics of Social Policy; the development of Mental Health Services; the effectiveness of Professional Education; Youth and Citizenship; Family, Kinship and Social Change; Inter-Organizational working and collaborative competencies.
The Centre is developing a programme of work based around a number of research streams that will help to inform, shape and evaluate public policy particularly in Wales. These are:
This addresses the focus of organizations working in partnership – on different models and forms of collaborative activity; on the factors that determine effective joint working; the skills and competencies required to undertake successful inter-agency working; and performance management frameworks at an inter-organizational level.
The framework and processes of governance in Wales have undergone a radical re-structuring in recent years – in particular, the creation of the new Assembly and significant changes in local government and health. This research stream will track these changes in governance and both examine and evaluate their implementation and effectiveness at different levels and across different spaces. It will encompass an exploration of Community Leadership and examine the impact of devolution on local government.
There is an increased recognition and commitment on the part of politicians and policy makers to place ‘people’ at the centre of the design and delivery of public services – in their role as customers, users, citizens or in their communities. This area of research focuses on understanding the appropriateness and effectiveness of different models and mechanisms for engaging the public; on the tensions between participatory and representative forms of government and on community capacity building.
The challenges presented by complex and interrelated problems, a volatile environment and a constantly shifting framework of governance place particular pressures on the management of strategic change – in terms of the structures, processes and mechanisms used by organizations, and in relation to the competency demands expected of managers and practitioners. Work around these issues will include an examination of the nature and form of policy making, performance management, Community Planning and Public Service Agreements, and the management of strategic change
Contract Research and Consultancy
The Centre can provide contract research, training and consultancy services to public, private and voluntary bodies in Wales and beyond. Recent and current commissions include:
An analysis of Customer Views in a Social Services Department; a study of Health and Social Needs in a Welsh Council; the changing roles of Health Authorities; the development of models of Capacity Building and Public Engagement (for the National Assembly for Wales); the relationship between Objective 1 and Health Policy; the development and improvement of Mental Health Services; an evaluation of a voluntary service provision agency; an appraisal of Health Impact Assessment Methodologies; Public Engagement in Health Policy; the re-configuration of Health Services; Health Authorities as Learning Organizations.
The changing nature of the policy environment demands new types of skills and competencies by policy makers to be effective in addressing complex problems and issues. The Centre offers skills training and development opportunities in these new competency arenas such as networking, facilitation, influencing and political skills. These can be tailor-made to suit individual the needs of individual organizations or sectors, or delivered on an inter-organizational and multi-sector basis.
Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
The Centre is instrumental in the organization of a programme of relevant conferences, workshops and seminars. Forthcoming topics will include Community Planning; creating new forms of policy making in Wales; developing a new type of Public Servant; and governance in Wales.
The Centre’s core staff, together with their contact details and research specialisms, is as follows:
Michael Sullivan MA (Oxon), PhD (Wales), DipSW, CQSW
Director of the Centre and Professor of Social Policy
Research expertise in health and education policy; service-user responsiveness; personal social services; political parties; social policy; devolution; and policy analysis.
Centre Secretary and Personal Assistant to the Director
Paul Williams BScSocSci (Bristol), MSc (Wales), MSc (Bristol), MRTPI.
Senior Research Fellow
Research expertise in inter-organizational theory; partnership working; collaborative skills and competencies; strategic planning; policy analysis; and local government
Samantha Clutton BScEcon, PhD (Wales)
Research expertise in housing and homelessness; young people’s services; citizenship; and labour market analysis.
Alison Elliott BA (Leeds), MSc (Wales), DIPSW
Research and Development Fellow
Research and training expertise in mental health services and joint working between the NHS and local authorities.
Alan Sandry BA, MA (Wales)
Research expertise in the National Assembly; political parties; and public policy
Julie Latreille BScEcon, MSc Econ (Wales)
Research Expertise in family life studies; research methodologies and techniques.
CONTACTING THE CENTRE
If you would like to contact the Centre to discuss our services, then
Or write to:
- Phone the Centre on 01792-295059
- Phone the Director on 01792-295334
- E-mail the Centre at: email@example.com
- Fax the Centre on 01792-513031
Professor Mike Sullivan
Director of the National Centre for Public Policy
University of Wales Swansea
Swansea, SA2 8PP
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