Dara Macdonald


Evidence based policy research project: 20 case studies

The Institute of Public Affairs, for the third year running, has undertaken analysis of 20 public policies using the ten criteria of the Wiltshire test for good policy-making. This research project was commissioned ‘to coax more evidence-based policy decisions by all tiers of government by...

Bypassing democracy: a report on the exemption of delegated legislation from parliamentary oversight

One of the main parliamentary oversight mechanisms is the power to disallow laws made by the executive branch of the government, including ministers and senior departmental and agency officials, known as delegated legislation or delegated legislative instruments. This report recommends the removal of all provisions...