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The Institute for Government (IfG[1]) is a United Kingdom independent think tank which aims to improve government effectiveness through research and analysis. Based at 2 Carlton Gardens in central London and founded as a charity in 2008,[2] it was initially funded with approximately £15 million by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, at the instigation of Lord Sainsbury.[3]

Institute for Government
TypeThink tank
Headquarters2 Carlton Gardens, London, SW1Y 5AA
Bronwen Maddox

Carlton Gardens


Stated aimsEdit

The Institute for Government works to make government more effective. It engages with UK MPs, senior civil servants and others by:

  • supporting the development and skills of senior public servants, politicians and political advisors.
  • conducting and funding research on public administration and government.
  • providing 'thought leadership' on effective government through publications, seminars and events.

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


In September 2016, Bronwen Maddox replaced Peter Riddell as Director. For the previous five-and-a-half years, she had been the Editor and Chief Executive of current affairs and culture magazine Prospect.[4] Previously, Maddox had spent 14 years at The Times as Chief Foreign Commentator, Foreign Editor, and US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief, and had worked at the Financial Times, investigating Robert Maxwell.

Sir Michael Bichard was its first director until 2010. In 2018, the charity was named Economic Think Tank of the Year in Prospect's annual awards.


The Institute for Government has been rated as 'highly transparent' in its funding by Transparify[5] and has been a given an A grade for funding transparency by Who Funds You?[6]


  1. ^ "About us – IfG in the News". Institute for Government:. Retrieved 9 June 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ Charity Commission. Institute for Government, registered charity no. 1123926.
  3. ^ Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester (18 July 2009). "Lord Sainsbury turns back on Labour to help David Cameron win power". The Times. London. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Bronwen Maddox". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Round-Up of Transparify 2018 Ratings". Transparify. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Institute for Government | Who Funds You?". Retrieved 7 July 2019.

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