Institute for Government

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

We conduct research (drawing on the experience of governments worldwide), publish reports, and hold high-profile public events and many private, high-level meetings. We work closely with people in Westminster, Whitehall and around the UK including ministers, MPs, special advisers and civil servants to bring about change.

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 learning and development programme provides a range of opportunities to help ministers, senior civil servants and their teams to govern and lead more effectively.

The Institute’s current work programme focuses on:

  • Ministers and opposition
  • Civil service
  • Parliament
  • Brexit
  • Policy making
  • Outsourcing
  • Public services
  • Devolution

The Institute was awarded Think Tank of the Year at Prospect’s 2019 Think Tank Awards. In 2018, we were winner of the best UK economic think tank award at Prospect’s 2018 Think Tank Awards.

The Institute was founded in 2008 and is led by Bronwen Maddox.

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Recent Reports

By Nicholas Timmins

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the government’s handling of education during the pandemic.…

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By Alex Nice; Akash Paun; Dan Hall

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the Shared Fund and if it is strengthening…

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By Dr Matthew Gill; Rhys Clyne; Grant Dalton

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the growing need to clarify rules and improve…

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By Alex Thomas

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government assesses the Commission for Smart Government’s ‘four steps’ for reform.…

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By Tim Durrant; Dr Catherine Haddon; Jack Pannell

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at an overhaul of the rules governing ministerial standards…

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By Jess Sargeant; Maddy Thimont Jack

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at balancing frictionless trade and regulatory autonomy. A new…

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By Nick Davies; Graham Atkins; Sukhvinder Sodhi

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at government targets, what they miss and what they…

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By Bronwen Maddox; Alex Thomas

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the Declaration on Government Reform. Michael Gove has…

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