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As a devolved nation, there is a unique opportunity in Wales to experiment and test new ideas for social good.

Our partners in Wales include Cardiff University, Welsh Government, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Arts Council for Wales.

How we work

We work in several ways across Wales to help solve big challenges.

Y Lab is the public services innovation lab for Wales, our partnership with Cardiff University. Established in 2015, it exists to do three things:

  1. Develop capacity for innovation
  2. Support new ideas
  3. Research how and why innovation happens

What we’ve done

We currently support public services organisations to test and implement new ideas with Innovate to Save.

We made Arloesiadur with the Welsh Government which maps innovation in Wales.

We supported five arts organisations in Wales to develop digital projects through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

We worked with public services organisations by creating the Digital Innovators Network.

Work with us

Many of our funding programmes are open to Welsh organisations.

If you want to connect with us or talk about ideas for Wales, contact us here.

Project partners

Team

Rob Ashelford

Rob Ashelford

Rob Ashelford

Head of Y Lab

Rob is Head of Y Lab, the Public Service Innovation Lab for Wales.

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Angharad Dalton

Angharad Dalton

Angharad Dalton

Programme Manager, Y Lab

Angharad is the Programme Manager for Innovate to Save

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Amy Richards

Amy Richards

Amy Richards

Assistant Programme Manager, Y Lab

Amy is an Assistant Programme Manager at Y Lab.

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Alice Turner

Alice Turner

Alice Turner

Engagement & Communications Manager, Y Lab

Alice is the Engagement and Communications Manager for Y Lab, Nesta's public services innovation lab for Wales.

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