Our latest thinking on the issues that matter most in economic and social development through our Viewpoint series, and our latest published reports. Our older Viewpoint ‘thought piece’ publications are available from the archive.


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November 2022
There is a reasonable understanding of the links between investment in research and innovation and national economic growth, but outcomes at a local level are variable and complicated. Our report for UKRI examines how and why the characteristics of areas affect the success of UKRI’s levers in supporting and stimulating research and innovation, and vice versa.
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August 2022
The Future Growth Loan Scheme (FGLS) was announced in March 2019 to address gaps in long-term lending to Irish SMEs. Initially making available €300m in lending, the scheme was expanded in July 2020 with a further €500m, following rapid uptake by businesses. SQW was commissioned by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to undertake an independent Review of the FGLS.
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August 2022
The Education and Training Foundation is the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education across England. Their role is to design, develop and deliver Continuing Professional Development for teachers, leaders, and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. Our independent review of ETF’s impact in the year 2020-21 has been published.
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August 2022
The Achieve partnership brings together cross-sector organisations to provide support and treatment for those struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction across Bolton, Bury, Salford and Trafford in Greater Manchester. This includes providing wrap around support for a range of social needs which can have a huge impact on recovery, such as housing, employment, training and education and mutual aid. The findings from our evaluation have been published.
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July 2022
The Emergency Response Fund was launched by Arts Council England the day after the first national Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. It aimed to protect businesses and jobs, and allow people to continue their creative practice and plan for the future. Our research explored whether it achieved those objectives.
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July 2022
Employment support programmes are often less effective for participants in their fifties and sixties. SQW evaluated a pilot programme which aimed to improve understanding of the barriers that older participants face and how to better support them, in order to improve outcomes for this cohort.
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