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Written Statement - Public Policy Institute for Wales

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The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

The Welsh Government has launched an open competitive process to establish a Public Policy Institute for Wales.  The process is designed to elicit applications from a wide range of interested parties, including think tanks, research institutes and Higher Education, and enable the Government to consider a number of possible models.

Potential applicants will be invited to a pre-tender conference in September, with firm applications invited by November.  The selection will be made by the First Minister on the advice of an expert panel chaired by a senior independent individual with Board level or similar experience of a major think tank or research institute.

The Institute will be established for an initial three-year period subject to a process of evaluation and review. The financial envelope for the Institute will be in the range £250-£450,000 annually.

The Public Policy Institute is a Programme for Government commitment. Its purpose will be to promote better outcomes for the people of Wales by strengthening the links between the Welsh Government and independent sources of expert policy advice, and thereby improving the effectiveness of policy and delivery in Wales.

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.