ABOUT IPPO

The International Public Policy Observatory

Welcome

The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) aims to mobilise and assess evidence from across the four nations of the United Kingdom, and beyond, to inform policymakers about the best ways to address social harms.. 

Our overall ambition is to contribute to better policymaking and thereby to the wellbeing of all UK citizens.

Established at the start of the global pandemic in late 2020, the observatory’s initial focus was measures to mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19.  

Over two years, we synthesised large bodies of evidence to explain what we knew about the impact of the pandemic on education, mental health, social capital, NHS staff wellbeing, and health misinformation, and what we could learn from these findings. 

We distilled these reviews into policy steers that could be absorbed into decision-making processes and held regular online events to forge new partnerships between policymakers, academics and policy researchers.

In January 2023, IPPO started its second two-year phase and our research topics will extend not only to pandemic recovery, but also three other national cross-cutting and complex policy challenges: Net Zero, Levelling Up and Cities, and Inequality.

IPPO’s policy research questions will be shaped and framed by numerous and diverse conversations with decision-makers from across the devolved nations and draw on research and expertise from around the world.

The primary audience for our work is national governments, umbrella bodies such as the Local Government Association, and combined and local authorities. But we will also work closely with the UK’s network of thought leaders in these fields, from third-sector bodies and think-tanks, to academic institutions, to amplify our impact.

An initiative like IPPO demands a team of people with diverse skills and experience. This Observatory brings together people who have worked in policy development and implementing environments alongside academic and policy researchers. All of us are committed to bridging the gaps between research and policy to achieve positive social impact.

We are learning all the time about how to do this, and welcome feedback and engagement. Please do get in touch with your ideas for how best to fulfil these challenging aims and ambitions.

Professor Joanna Chataway (IPPO’s Principal Investigator)
[email protected]

Who is IPPO?

IPPO is a collaboration between UCL, Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) at Cardiff University, University of Glasgow, Queen’s University Belfast, and International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and academic news publisher The Conversation. It is led by Professor Joanna Chataway from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) together with co-investigators Sir Geoff Mulgan and Sarah Chaytor, and operations manager Ayden Wilson.

Within IPPO’s core team based at UCL sit two Policy Evidence Leads who, in collaboration with The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), will work on evidence-based recommendations that can be shared with decision-makers.

Who are IPPO’s funders, and how long is it funded for?

In 2022, IPPO was awarded its second £2.2 million, two-year grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. ESRC supports independent, high-quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society – including (at any one time) supporting more than 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. The grant will run from 2023-2024.

What are IPPO’s key areas of focus?

In January 2023, IPPO started its second two-year phase and its research topics will extend not only to pandemic recovery, but also to three other national cross-cutting and complex policy challenges: Net Zero, Levelling Up and Cities, and Inequality.

How to get more involved with IPPO

Whether you’re a decision-maker or an academic working on COVID Recovery, Net Zero, Levelling Up and Cities, and Inequality, we’re keen to hear from you.

Please email us at [email protected]