The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) is an interdisciplinary research centre, co-funded by the ESRC and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). It draws together and builds upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Glamorgan universities. Established in 2008, WISERD provides an 'all-Wales' focus for research and has had a major impact on the quantity and quality of social science research undertaken in Wales. 

WISERD Civil Society

WISERD/Civil Society aims to undertake a five year programme of policy relevant research addressing civil society in Wales.

As part of WISERD, WISERD/Civil Society will enable this work to be deepened and sustained through a focused research programme that further develops our research expertise, intensifies our policy impact and knowledge exchange work and strengthens our research capacity and career development activities.

WISERD/Civil Society will therefore aim to develop key aspects of the multidisciplinary research initiated during the first phase of WISERD's work to produce new empirical evidence to inform our understanding of the changing nature of civil society in the context of devolved government and processes of profound social and economic change.