"There is nothing a government hates more than to be well-informed; for it makes the process of arriving at decisions much more complicated and difficult."

- John Maynard Keynes

Demands for the better use of useful evidence by government are not new. However, they have become more urgent in the face of public expenditure cuts and the need to ensure that such scarce funds are deployed in more cost– effective ways.

In this seminar, we will consider the role of evidence in public policy-making and how politicians and civil servants can improve its usefulness in Northern Ireland.

Please advise of any special requirements by 2pm, Monday 12 June 2017. The event is taking place at Conor Hall, Belfast Campus, Ulster University.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries, please contact Alliance.4usefulevidence@nesta.org.uk.

What are my parking options for the event?

Nearby parking is available at Saint Anne's Square car park, 2 Edward Street, Belfast BT1 2LP.

Thursday 15th of June 2017
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Belfast, Ulster University

Speakers include

  • Chair - Peter O'Neill, Northern Ireland Manager, Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • Aideen McGinley - Former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
  • Will Haire - Former Permanent Secretary of the Department of Social Development, Northern Ireland
  • Dr Kristian Lasslett - Director of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences, Ulster University.
  • Siobhan Carey - Chief Executive and Registrar at Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency