About us

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The Institute for Government is an independent charity with cross-party and Whitehall governance 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.

In November 2010, we were awarded Think Tank of the Year in Prospect magazine's annual awards.

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.


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.