Devolution As A Policy Laboratory, February 2016

In this joint report, the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the Institute for Government, in partnership with Carnegie UK Trust, explore opportunities for evidence exchange and policy learning between the UK and devolved governments.

We argue that further devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will not only radically reshape the British state, but will offer all four governments a unique chance to work together for meaningful reform.

The report makes a number of recommendations about how this ‘policy laboratory’ could be better capitalised upon. These include:

  • Increased interchange of staff between the four governments
  • The development of more consistent measurements of policy performance across the UK
  • A greater willingness to share data and evidence - including negative results
  • Greater involvement of devolved governments in developing UK strategic research priorities
  • The creation of a new What Works Centre for Northern Ireland
  • More networks of officials from the four governments that work on similar issues
  • Public recognition of good practice by the civil service leadership

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