What we do

Engagement, research and innovation for real-world change

The Centre for Progressive Policy identifies practical ways to create a more inclusive economy in which everyone can contribute to and benefit from increasing prosperity. We do this by:

  • Using economic analysis to create data-driven solutions that address the challenges faced by different communities across the UK.
  • Working with different places across the UK to find new ways to achieve their priorities, including better jobs, skills training, health provision and new forms of finance, designed and delivered locally.
  • Working with national politicians, devolved administrations and international partners to understand how national policy responses can be best be shaped to deliver inclusive growth for communities.

CPP is committed to finding solutions for policy and practice by bringing together robust, data driven research with deep, place-based engagement. This means working with local leaders, public sector professionals, business and industry, central government officials and national politicians to put our analysis into context, test emerging recommendations and make the case for change.

Our work with local leaders gives us an opportunity to co-design and deliver solutions on the ground, and to disseminate what works through our Inclusive Growth Network and via other UK and international partners.

CPP seeks to address persistent social or spatial inequalities and deliver better outcomes more evenly across society. We do this by tackling the root causes of inequalities by calling for more investment in social infrastructure, in areas such as early years, mental health, skills and housing. We question policy orthodoxy and both business and government practices that undermine inclusive growth, such as zero hours contracts and local government finance rules. We also ask questions about what good devolution looks like and how this can help solve the challenges faced by local communities.

Our research on new, tangible measures of economic wellbeing seeks to capture peoples’ real-life experience of economic growth and this is a guiding principle for how we hold ourselves to account for our impact – changing the debate and making a difference to people’s lives in places across the UK and beyond.