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West Midlands Local Productivity Innovation Partnership

Funder 

UKRI

Project team

David Jarvis - Coventry University 

Nick Henry - Coventry University

Collaborators

City-REDI (Coventry are a project partner)


Project overview

Coventry University are a project partner to phase 1 work which provides resource and support capacity across stakeholders to undertake partnership development and landscape evidence analysis required to design the phase 2 work programme. 

This is part of a suite of Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIPs) to address social, community, economic and environmental priorities that contribute towards inclusive sustainable economic growth.

LPIPs are designed to connect local policy and research partners, providing research, evidence, data and expertise to take advantage of opportunities and find place-based solutions to challenges that matter to local people and communities. Partnerships will be equitable and sustainable with co-creation and co-delivery at their heart.

Project objectives

  • Connecting and catalysing: strengthening partnerships and collaborations between researchers, policymakers (local, regional, national) and other relevant local stakeholders, attracting resource and capability for research and innovation, knowledge exchange and skills to address local public challenges
  • Local insight and understanding: identifying and understanding the opportunities and challenges in different places and their relationship to the national context
  • Solutions focused: working with stakeholders to implement evidence-informed, actionable solutions that reflect local opportunities and challenges, and supporting local leaders to test and trial innovative interventions to drive inclusive and sustainable growth

Impact statement

Together, the LPIPs and the national Strategic Coordinating Hub will support the following outcomes:

  • A ‘what works here’ approach to local policy priorities, supporting areas with economic growth, levelling up, net zero, innovation, skills and societal resilience
  • Enhanced local research and innovation advice providing a single front-door for local expertise and advice in partnership areas, streamlining access to local public policy research and innovation capability
  • Supporting local action through contributing to local implementation, testing and evaluation of evidence-informed policy change
  • Improving UK and national policymakers’ understanding of local challenges and opportunities through improved access to stakeholders, local evidence and insights into ‘what works here’
  • Creating stronger and more diverse partnerships by investing in the capability and capacity required for multi-partner collaboration, bringing the right stakeholders together at the right time to progress local priorities
  • Empowering local communities and enriching knowledge exchange practices by ensuring people and grassroots groups are engaged, listened to and able to influence local agendas
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