Knowing Localities, the WISERD localities programme, is an integral part of the research being undertaken by WISERD.
A key activity undertaken by the localities team over the past 24 months has been the stakeholder interview programme. With the fieldwork now fully completed, and second stage analysis fully underway, WISERD research staff (and a wider tranche of WISERD research associates) are currently using this broad ranging empirical evidence database as a springboard into a series of discrete projects.
The stakeholder interviews provide a snapshot of Wales at the time of a major recession, and they document the concerns and prospects of local government and shadow state representatives as they prepared to face an era of public sector austerity. This provides the opportunity for researchers to weigh the assumed scale and form of financial cutbacks and public cutbacks as expected by those at the front line of service delivery in contrast to the actuality of these changes as currently being experienced by these stakeholders, and by those communities they represent.
Access to localities stakeholder interview data can be requested by applying to WISERD. Access is only available to registered WISERD associate members. For further information on accessing data and related issues please contact the WISERD Director of Operations by emailing WISERD@cardiff.ac.uk or telephoning 029 208 79338.