Feature Workshops

WISERD’s 2015 Annual Conference will feature workshops based on two WISERD projects, the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W) and the All Wales Academic Social Care Collaboration (ASCC). These events will be open to both conference and non-conference delegates, more information can be found below.

Information about an additional workshop organised by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COAST) and IAITH, the Welsh Centre for Language Planning, is also available.


adrc_wales_masterlogo.jpgAdministrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W)

Event title: Accessing the Administrative Data Research Network: What, Why and Where do I start?

This session will introduce the work of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) and within it, the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales). Delegates will hear about the work of the ADRN and an overview of some of the projects undertaken within ADRC Wales that are using de-identified, linked administrative data. Delegates will also hear about the process of applying to the ADRN to access data for research, with helpful advice and a Q&A session on how to prepare and submit successful applications to the Network. 

More information about this workshop, including details of how to book your place, are available here.


Event title: A review of the evidence on models of social enterprise in the provision of social care in the UK, Europe and USA

Like all public services, social care is currently under great pressure to do more with less in the context of significant cuts in public spending and a demographic reality in which demands for services will inexorably continue to rise. It has been argued, however, that this challenging economic environment might actually provide a unique opportunity to make services better and more sustainable.

This workshop will aim to provide an overview of the existing literature on social enterprise models of social care provision in the UK, Europe and USA. Specific examples will be provided to underline some of the key issues and lessons that can be learned from the collective experiences of various countries.

Topics covered will include: the claimed differences between third sector and state/private models of social services provision; the criteria by which these models can or should be judged as being successful; and the impact of these models on the quality of care being offered/delivered by third sector organisations.

Invited guest speakers will contribute to discussion on the pragmatic considerations involved with encouraging and developing the involvement of social enterprises, cooperatives and other third sector organisations in the delivery of adult social care services, and the influence of recent policy initiatives in this area.

More information about this workshop, including details of how to book your place, are available here.


COSTIaith.jpgThe European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COAST) and IAITH, the Welsh Centre for Language Planning

Event title: Processes of globalization/localization, mobility and citizenship in a minority language context: a data analysis workshop for scholars researching ‘new speakers’ of Welsh

This bilingually run workshop brings together Welsh and international scholars who are researching new speakers of Welsh in the context of a multilingual Wales as well as a multilingual Europe. The intention in organising this workshop is to provide an opportunity to take a close look at the data being collected in a range of new and recently completed research projects involving adults, children and young people of various ethnic origins. The aim will be to share data and in so doing discuss:

  • emerging theoretical and analytical concepts;
  • developing new methodologies for researching the new communicative order;
  • implications for policy makers and practitioners at Welsh and EU level;
  • developing new ways of integrating new speakers in minority language contexts;
  • ideas for further research.

For more information, including details of how to book your place, please click here.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

WISERD would like to thank all sponsors, exhibitors and workshop providers for contributing to our Annual Conference. Their generous support ensures our flagship event is an enriched, diverse and vibrant success.

Cymorth Cymru

Cymorth Cymru is the umbrella body for organisations working with vulnerable people in Wales. Our members assist people to find and keep a home and build the life they aspire to, working with people who are vulnerable, isolated or experiencing housing crisis, including:

  • people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness
  • families fleeing domestic abuse
  • people dealing with mental or physical health problems, or learning disabilities
  • people with alcohol or drug problems
  • refugees and people seeking asylum
  • care leavers and other vulnerable young people, and
  • older people in need of support

This list isn’t exhaustive, and individuals may often face a range of challenges that make it difficult for them to find or maintain a stable home and build the sort of lives we all aspire to.

Cymorth Cymru’s members help people address these issues, supporting them in finding both emergency accommodation and long-term, secure homes, where they may fulfil their potential and build happy and fulfilling lives.

Visit the Cymorth Cymru website for more information.


Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)

The Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) was established in January 2014. It aims to improve the lives of the people of Wales by providing Ministers with authoritative independent analysis and advice.

Co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Welsh Government, the Institute is part of the UK’s What Works Network.  Our key activities are:

  • Working directly with Ministers to identify their evidence needs, help to join up the Welsh Government’s in-house research, and  commission  advice  from external  experts;
  • Helping researchers and other policy experts to increase the impact of their work by developing stronger links with the Welsh Government; and
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange between Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond.

The PPIW has a rolling work programme which is developed in consultation with Minsters and their advisors, and in conjunction with our independent Board of Governors. As a member of the What Works Network, the PPIW also leads a programme of research into what works in tackling poverty.

The PPIW undertakes two interrelated lines of work; working for the Welsh Government and our research into What Works in Tackling Poverty: The Welsh link to the ‘What Works’ network

Visit the PPIW website for more information.


Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)

The Administrative Data Research Network is a UK-wide partnership between universities, government departments and agencies, national statistics authorities, the third sector, funders and researchers.

We help accredited researchers carry out social and economic research using linked, de-identified administrative data – information which is routinely collected by government organisations.

We make sure any information which directly identifies people (such as names and addresses) is removed from the data before any research is done.

An Approvals Panel examines every research proposal thoroughly. Once they give their approval, the data custodian has to agree to share its data before the research can go ahead.

We provide a secure environment for the researcher to work in. They can’t take any data out of this safe setting, and our staff will scrutinise their results before publication to make sure they are relevant to the project and don’t disclose any information about individuals.

 Visit the ADRN website for more information.


Health Promotion Library 

The Health Promotion Library is here to help with any requests for information on health and wellbeing, and is free to anyone in Wales. Amongst other things they: 

  • Supply health leaflets free of charge on healthy eating, alcohol, smoking, immunisation and many more. 
  • Work with public libraries in supporting the Book Prescription Wales scheme, and have the books available for loan in the library.
  • Offer an enquiry service providing information on health and wellbeing.

Visit the Health Promotion Library website for more information.


The Bevan Foundation

The Bevan Foundation develops ideas that change Wales and improve people’s lives. They use evidence to produce innovative solutions, and share knowledge and experience to shape public policy and practice.

They are a registered charity and are independent of government or any political party. 

Visit the Bevan Foundation website for more information.


The Learned Society of Wales (LSW)

 The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) is an independent, all-Wales, self-governing, pan-discipline educational charity, providing public benefit including expert scholarly advice on a variety of public  policy issues related to  science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Established in 2010, the Society draws upon the considerable strengths of over 350 distinguished Fellows based in Wales, the UK and beyond. 

The Society, Wales’s first national scholarly academy, aims to establish itself both as a recognised international representative of the world of Welsh learning, and as a source of authoritative, scholarly, and critical comment and advice on policy issues affecting Wales. 

The Mission of the Learned Society of Wales is to: 

  • Celebrate and encourage excellence in all of the scholarly disciplines including the professions, industry and commerce, the arts and public service;
  • Promote the advancement of learning and scholarship and the dissemination and application of the results of academic enquiry and research; and
  •  Act as an independent source of expert scholarly advice and commentary on matters affecting the wellbeing of Wales and its people. 

Visit the LSW website for more information.


Welsh Local Government Association 

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales. It represents the 22 local authorities in Wales and the 3 fire and rescue authorities and 3 national park authorities are associate members.

The WLGA’s primary purposes are to promote better local government and its reputation and to support authorities in the development of policies and priorities which will improve public services and democracy. 

Visit the WLGA website for more information.