Shedding new light on innovation policy

Evidence Reviews and Methodology

Industrial strategy is one of the big issues for the What Works Centre and its local partners and innovation is one of the main themes of industrial strategies…


Is road investment the route to local economic growth?

General Policy Discussion

Last month the Government announced a £1 billion-a-year plan to relieve congestion, including a bypass fund to take traffic around cities and towns with the worst jams. The long-term…


Training subsidies might not be enough

General Policy Discussion

By Elena Magrini, Researcher at Centre for Cities In April 2017 the UK government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, a financial incentive system to promote apprenticeships and boost productivity across…


Location Location

General Policy Discussion

One of the tricky things about evaluating the impact of local economic growth policies is that interventions of interest may be focused on a very small number of…


Working with policymakers to build the evidence base

Workshops and Evaluation Support

As the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth moves into its second phase, we shift our time and attention away from sifting, reviewing, and synthesising the evidence…


How to improve broadband provision

Toolkits & Policy Design

Our new  broadband toolkit takes a look at how policymakers (nationally and locally) can increase broadband takeup. Why do we care about this? From a social point…


​What works for what

Evidence Reviews and Methodology

We’ve got a new set of resources on our website which break down the findings in our evidence reviews by the effect of policies on different economic…


Making the most of apprenticeships

Toolkits & Policy Design

There’s been lots of discussion about technical and vocational education reforms since being announced in the Budget. While these structural reforms could have major impacts on…


​Brexit: local impacts and responses

Workshops and Evaluation Support

The Centre has been awarded funding from the LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund to work with a small number of local authorities and LEPs to consider the…


A modern industrial strategy - can it work?

General Policy Discussion

Co-authored by Max Nathan Much has already been written on the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. This post isn’t intended to provide an overall assessment or…

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