Institute for Government

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An Institute for Government event launching the second edition of Performance Tracker, a data-driven analysis of the performance of key public services.

The Institute for Government is the leading think tank working to make government more effective. It provides rigorous research and analysis, topical commentary and public events to explore the key challenges facing government. It offers a space for discussion and fresh thinking to help senior politicians and civil servants think differently and bring about change.

Its work

Central to the Institute for Government's approach is the integration of its research and learning programmes. Its 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.


The Institute for Government works on seven main themes: Whitehall, Policy Making, Brexit, Parliament, Public Services, Devolution and Professional Development.


The Institute for Government hosts a number of events. These events support its research and learning programmes and provide platforms for leading international experts to exchange ideas and share new thinking on effective government.

Finance and transparency

The majority of the Institute for Government’s funding comes from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. For 2017-18, the Institute received a core grant of £3.8 million from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation towards our charitable work. Further information is available from our annual accounts filed with the Charity Commission.

The Institute also receives financial and in-kind support from a range of organisations that share its commitment to making government more effective. These include academic institutions, charitable trusts, the media, consultancies and providers.

In 2017, Transparify[1] gave the Institute for Government a 5-star rating for meeting the gold standard for funding transparency.

In June 2017 Who Funds You?[2], an organisation that promotes funding transparency among think tanks and political campaigns with a strong public policy or research focus, gave the Institute for Government an A-rating for its transparency. 

The Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales (No.1123926) with cross-party governance.


Bronwen Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government, taking over from the Rt Hon. Peter Riddell in September 2016. For the previous five and a half years, she was the Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect. Previously Bronwen spent 14 years at The Times, where she was the paper's Chief Foreign Commentator, Foreign Editor, and US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. She also worked at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s year-long, award-winning, investigation into the publishing tycoon, Robert Maxwell.


On 4 November 2010, the charity was named Think Tank of the Year in Prospect Magazine's[3] annual awards.

The Institute for Government is listed in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.[4]


The Institute for Government is based at 2 Carlton Gardens in central London.


  1. ^ "Home". Transparify. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  2. ^ "The UK campaign for think tank transparency | Who Funds You?". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
  3. ^ Prospect. "Think Tank of the Year Awards—the winners". Retrieved 2017-12-05. 
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