About us

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The Institute for Government is an independent charity working to increase government effectiveness.

We work with all the main political parties at Westminster and with senior civil servants in Whitehall. We provide evidence based advice that draws on best practice from around the world.

We undertake research, provide the highest quality development opportunities for senior decision makers and organise events to invigorate and provide fresh thinking on the issues that really matter to government.

The Institute for Government is a registered charity in England and Wales (Registered Charity No.1123926). Our funding comes from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

Charitable objectives

The charitable objectives of the Institute are:

  • The advancement of education in the art and science of government in the UK for the benefit of the public and on a non-party political basis;
  • The promotion of efficient public administration of government and public service in the UK by providing programmes of education, training, research and study for the public benefit and on a non-party political basis.

Practical research and learning

Central to our approach is the integration of our research and learning programmes.

Our research focuses on the big governance challenges of the day and on finding new ways to help government improve, rethink and sometimes see things differently.

Our inspirational learning and development programme provides a range of opportunities to help ministers, senior civil servants and their teams to govern and lead more effectively.

To help ministers, special advisers and top officials to develop further the skills and behaviours required to govern effectively, and to help opposition parties to become better prepared for political transitions and government. See our Leadership for Government page for more details.


Our events support our research and learning programmes and provide platforms for leading international experts to exchange ideas and share new thinking on effective government.

Expert advice

We provide practical advice from people with in-depth experience of working inside government to support senior decision makers to improve performance.