The RSA, both through its Fellowship and staff, can help facilitate this and add capacity to this process through partnering with relevant organisations and infusing the debate with fresh thinking and research. Public Services and Communities is one of the three key themes the RSA has defined, to help focus the efforts of the Fellowship as well as the research of the Action & Research Centre. Through the Public Services and Communities group of RSA Cymru, we aim to facilitate participation of the Fellowship in the process of public service reform in Wales and focus on some of the work of ARC to support and strengthen this.
To add capacity to the search for new solutions in the delivery of public services in Wales, in the face of diminishing resources and a changing local authority landscape.
Reasons for joining
The PSC Group will aim to meet on a regular basis, initially in Cardiff. We are also building partnerships with local authorities and other public bodies, towards a joint investigation of relevant issues and shared concerns. Through joining the group you will be able to add your knowledge and expertise to this and enrich the RSA offer in this process.
Potential plans and project ideas
Discussions are already in progress with InterLink and the Voluntary Sector Liaison Group of RCT, in planning an event in RCT in March, to widen the debate on public service delivery in that County.
The Annual Conference of RSA Cymru will take Public Services and Communities as its theme and explore the impact and progress of the report by Sir Paul Williams and the Commission.
Swansea University is keen to partner with the RSA and has included us in their bid for the pilot phase of the Urban Living Partnership research project.
In Cardiff, the debate around elected mayors id gaining momentum and RSA Cymru may well partner with others to facilitate and inform this.
Further ideas may emerge from group meetings and hopefully in other regions of Wales. If you have an idea, sign up to the network and tell us all about it.