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 Gemma Tetlow

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at Government’s big decision on how to share the…

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By Jill Rutter; Rosa Hodgkin; Tom Sasse

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how to achieve policy coherence on climate change.…

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By Graham Atkins; Stuart Hoddinott

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how a decade of cuts and rising demand…

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By Olly Bartrum; Tom Sasse

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the Energy Security Strategy and its short-term and…

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By Eleanor Shearer

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the 12 missions and whether they are clear…

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By Tim Durrant; Alice Lilly; Paeony Tingay

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how ministers and officials should use messaging apps…

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By Olly Bartrum; Gemma Tetlow

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at what the government could do to manage a…

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By Joe Marshall; Jill Rutter; Dan Goss; James Kane

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at the government's plans to redirect its £2.4bn budget…

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Related Events

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Data Bites #30: getting things done with data in government

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government, will feature a range of data projects being carried…

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June

In conversation with Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Government, will feature Wes Streeting MP  in conversation with Bronwen…

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May

What should the government learn from hosting COP26?

This event, hosted by UK think tank the IfG, discusses what lessons the government should take from the experience of hosting…

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Current Opportunities

Researcher

The Institute for Government is inviting applications for Researchers (job reference: RES2208), to start as soon as notice periods allow. Researchers are a core part of our research team. They are responsible for supporting the delivery of Institute research projects and are managed by more senior members of the research team. Topics that Researchers might… Read more »

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