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What does the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth do?

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (WWG) was set up in October 2013 as part of the What Works Network to analyse which policies are most effective in supporting and increasing local economic growth. This is a question that continues to both perplex and challenge policy makers and researchers. It is even more important as government is faced with slower growth and tighter budgets, and local decision makers take on new powers and freedoms for economic development. Careful research and evaluation have a crucial role to play in exploring the evidence base, and increasing the effectiveness of policy making meaning that local governments have a deeper understanding of what works.

We work hard to provide solutions for local and national policymakers through:

  • Improving the quality of the UK evidence base by helping to develop ‘demonstration’ projects, or local policy experiments.
  • Working with and convening events and workshops for local authorities, LEPs, central government and business to help them understand and make better use of evidence in designing and delivering policy. 
  • Systematically reviewing the evidence base on policies for local economic growth using a robust methodology. 

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is a partnership between the London School of EconomicsCentre for Cities and Arup.

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