On Thursday 3 March we held our fourth National Intelligence Event at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.
The key theme of the event was ‘How it REALLY is’ – Understanding well-being – a step change in Wales. The event aimed to:
- Improve understanding of the role and importance of the assessments;
- Explore the overlap and difference between different assessments;
- Discuss the use of data and evidence, and the ‘so what’ question;
- Explore how we can effectively involve and engage with the citizen; and
- Provide models and practical examples which delegates could consider/take away.
The event attracted 100 people and, in addition to representatives from the majority of local authorities in Wales, there were also delegates from health and the third sector.
The event was opened by the Chair of the Data Unit Board, Councillor Jeff James, followed by Christopher Stevens, Head of Planning and Partnership Branch and Claire Germain Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government. Chris and Claire held a question and answer session which stimulated lots of discussion.
We also heard from Dr. Alan Netherwood from Netherwood Sustainable Futures who talked about his work with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) on the Future Generations Act Early Adopter Programme and work on futures governance at Cardiff University to explore how the needs of future generations can be represented in well-being assessments
The event also attracted exhibitors from the public sector. Exhibitors included:
Either side of lunch stimulating and thought provoking breakout sessions took place. These focused on a range of subjects:
- Supporting the development of Population Assessments
- National goals, the sustainable development principle and the Auditor General’s new duty: how can we achieve a meaningful, risk-based and proportionate approach to audit?
- National data, local evidence
- Understanding the needs of the citizen: Role of effective involvement and engagement
- Generation 2050: Long-term challenges need long-term strategies
- Response analysis in practice.
The sessions were facilitated and supported by colleagues from the Wales Audit Office, Public Health Wales, Participation Cymru, Social Services Improvement Agency, Welsh Local Government Association, Welsh Government, Ceredigion County Council, City and County of Swansea and Cwm Taf UHB.
The day was brought to a close with Russell De’Ath, Senior Natural Resource Management Adviser, Natural Resources Wales who talked about how the Environment (Wales) Bill gives NRW a particular focus in communicating both the risks and the opportunities that the management of natural resources offers for human well-being, and how they are approaching this new challenge and how this will inform well-being assessments and well-being plans.
Well-being in the context of care and support: Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - Chris Stephens, Head of Planning and Partnership Branch, Welsh Government
Understanding the well-being of an area: Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 - Claire Germain, Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government
Future Generations and well-being assessments : the challenge of ‘state’ and ‘place’ - Dr. Alan Netherwood, Netherwood Sustainable Futures & Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University
Environment Bill and informing well-being assessments - Understanding the contribution our natural resources make to the well-being goals - Russell De’ Ath, Senior Natural Resource Management Adviser, Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
Supporting the development of Population Assessments - Tony Garthwaite, SSIA Associate and Rebecca Cicero, Programme Co-ordinator, Social Services Improvement Agency and Nicola Davies, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Cwm Taf UHB
National goals, the sustainable development principle and the Auditor General’s new duty: how can we achieve a meaningful, risk-based and proportionate approach to audit? - Huw Rees, Performance Audit Manager and Mike Palmer, Sustainable Development Manager, Wales Audit Office
National data, local evidence - Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales and Nathan Lester, Public Health Wales
Understanding the needs of the citizen: Role of effective involvement and engagement - Amanda Williams, Head of Business Development, Consultancy and Learning, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Participation Cymru Manager
Generation 2050: Long-term challenges need long-term strategies - Tim Peppin, Director of Regeneration and Sustainable Development, Welsh Local Government Association and Tanya Nash, Sustainable Development Team Leader, City and County of Swansea
Response analysis in practice - Dr. Jamie Smith, Head of Local Government Research, Welsh Government and Jamie Thorburn, Research Manager, Ceredigion County Council
Videos of the main presentations have also been posted online. These can be found here.
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