This short report looks at the Policy Project, a cross-agency team in New Zealand, drawing on the Institute for Government’s framework for assessing civil service-wide reforms.
This slideshow presents the results of recent Institute research on government engagement with business.
In October 2015, the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Institute for Government held a joint roundtable event in Cardiff, exploring opportunities for evidence exchange and policy learning between the UK and devolved governments.
If government can engage citizens more effectively, it can secure more effective and less divisive outcomes. Four drivers for change make it vital to involve citizens in decisions:
This report explores the possibility of developing a rapid assessment tool to rate government departments on their use of evidence in policy decisions, to show which ones use evidence well and which less well, and in doing so highlight and celebrate good practice while incentivising others to match the standards of the best.
In partnership with practitioners from a number of research organisations and Parliament, we have produced a framework that offers a rapid assessment tool to rate government departments on how transparent they are in the use of evidence in policy decisions.
This paper provides an analytical framework to shed light on the institutional roots of persistent policy problems. Drawing on insights from political economy and political science we consider options for reform and how they might come about. And we apply our framework to two important policy areas: infrastructure investment and housing policy.
Considering implementation, testing policy ideas, building in flexibility, improving evidence and addressing long-term challenges.
Policymaking in Whitehall can seem far removed from the reality of services on the ground. In an effort to address this, the Connecting Policy with Practice Programme has, for the last two years, connected policymakers in Whitehall with people who deliver services to support vulnerable groups.
In August 2014, the Institute for Government convened a taskforce to looks at ways to increase the transparency of outsourced service provision. This publication presents the work of the taskforce and recommends a set of standardised provisions to enhance transparency in government contracts.