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Our publications showcase the IfG’s sector-leading research, giving readers an impartial and evidence-based analysis of what makes good government.

Our publications showcase the IfG’s sector-leading research, giving readers an impartial and evidence-based analysis of what makes good government – and what could be improved.  

Insight papers offer a concise run-down of key issues, including our snap analysis of current events such as changes of government or emerging external challenges.

Analysis papers and longer reports dig deeper, drawing on long-running research projects, data analysis and interviews with experts and other key figures to answer the big questions facing government today, such as how to reform the civil service, the role of the tax system or the use of evidence in policy making.  

Our three data-driven reports – Whitehall Monitor, Parliamentary Monitor and Performance Tracker – provide an unrivalled stocktake of the civil service, parliament and public services respectively.

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03 JUL 2024 Insight paper

The crisis in prisons

How to start fixing the problems at the heart of the criminal justice system.

28 JUN 2024 Report

Clean power by 2030

How Keir Starmer can knock down the 10 biggest barriers to Labour's 2030 clean power plan.

19 JUN 2024 'How to' guide

Understanding policy making

Ministers play a key role in making policy decisions, but also have a useful ability to shape the advice and input that informs those decisions.

19 JUN 2024 'How to' guide

Government finances

The most effective ministers are those who can achieve their key priorities within budget, ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.