Publications Devolution As A Policy Laboratory

Devolution As A Policy Laboratory

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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