Effective government needs effective political leadership: ministers who understand their roles; set clear priorities; work well with their departments; and cope with the demands of the job.
Our work on more effective ministers focuses on practical research and professional development programmes. The aim is to help ministers – and the teams who work for them – get the best out of their time in office.
Learning and development
Based on our research findings we have developed a programme of support for:
- cabinet ministers and their teams
- junior ministers from across Whitehall
- shadow ministers who are preparing for office
- private offices.
This support is highly tailored and confidential, but includes:
- induction events
- seminars and briefings
- team away-days
- one-to-one support
- confidential performance feedback.
Find out more about our professional development for ministers
Ministers lead the Government, yet there is little understanding of what a ministerial role actually entails and how best to fill it. Our research therefore focuses on the experience of ministers who have done the job:
- Ministers Reflect is a unique archive of interviews with former government ministers. It is designed to record – in their own words – what it takes to be an effective minister, the challenges ministers face, and what more can be done to help ministers achieve their policy objectives.
- Our 2017 report How to be an Effective Minister draws on more than 70 Ministers Reflect interviews with politicians such as Ken Clarke, Nicky Morgan and Alistair Darling.
- Our 2015 report Supporting Politicians to Lead in Government provides insights from the Institute’s private work with current and future ministers from all major parties.