About us

Number 2 Carlton Gardens

The Institute for Government is the leading think tank working to make government more effective.

  • We provide rigorous research and analysis, topical commentary and public events to explore the key challenges facing government.
  • We offer a space for discussion and fresh thinking to help senior politicians and civil servants think differently and bring about change.

The Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales (No.1123926) with cross-party governance. Our main funder is 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 Professional development 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.

Award-winning expertise

The Institute was awarded Think Tank of the Year at Prospect's 2019 Think Tank Awards.

We were winner of the best UK economic think tank award at Prospect’s 2018 Think Tank Awards.