Political and cultural blogger, Alan Meban delivers his reflections from an Alliance hosted debate asking: How can government make the best use of evidence? In this blog he shares an interesting mix of personal observations and insights from both within and outside of government on the interface between analysts, academia, and policy.
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Post general election results, Alliance for Useful Evidence Northern Ireland Manager Peter O'Neil asks a key question of how government can challenge themselves to make the best use of evidence to ensure effective policy-making. In this blog, he highlights the work of the Alliance in promoting this agenda, and makes a strong case for the development of a Northern Ireland What Works Centre.
While the debate on our future relationship with the European Union dominates the airwaves, Peter O'Neill thinks it’s time to focus on the local union of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
As we publish our 'Four Nations' report, Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling) and Colin Angus (University of Sheffield) discuss how and why alcohol policy has diverged in the different jurisdictions of the UK.
It's surprising, given the relative absence of think tanks and research centres in Northern Ireland, that a local What Works Centre has not been set up to assist policy makers in this jurisdiction. Peter O’Neill, Northern Ireland Manager of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, argues that it is an opportune moment to look at establishing such a centre.argues that it is an opportune moment to look at establishing such a centre.
This year, the Alliance’s cross UK project - Evidence Exchange - has been sharing evidence across the UK. This blog outlines some of the learning from the project’s first six months.