Updated Jul 2014

Work with us

IPPR's research and ideas have been helping to shape public policy and bring about change for 25 years. Over that time we have led thinking on areas as diverse as migration, public service reform, childcare and family-friendly working, asset-based welfare and devolution of power. The Commission on Social Justice, the Commission on National Security in the 21st Century and the Condition of Britain are among the high-profile initiatives which have had a defining influence on policy in the UK. We are currently working on areas such as creating a greener and more balanced economy, reforming the public services to make them more relational, and finding ways to create more jobs and improve skills across Europe.

Our work has exceptional impact and influence. We publish more than 60 reports each year, and our website is visited nearly a half a million times. IPPR experts regularly appear on national and international television and radio, we are prominent in the national press, and we lead the sector in our use of digital and social media. In total, IPPR and its staff have over 100,000 Twitter followers.

IPPR is an independent registered charity and we can only carry out our important and influential research and events programme because of the support we get from organisations including trusts, foundations, businesses, unions, voluntary sector organisations, local government and national government departments.

Every year, we publish our annual report, which outlines how our funds are raised and spent.

There are two main ways organisations can work with IPPR:

  • Funding research
  • Sponsoring events

Funding research

IPPR is an independent registered charity and we can only produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas if we can attract funding. Fortunately our reputation is such that we have a highly successful record of raising funds from diverse sources for our research programme.

We are constantly developing new projects and looking for funders to support our work. IPPR's independence is at the core of our purpose and reputation, so all our research findings and conclusions are independently developed and are IPPR's alone. However, funders benefit from working with IPPR in a number of ways, including:

  • regular contact with IPPR research staff and early sight of emerging research findings
  • the opportunity to engage in public policy discussion and debate with a wide range of other stakeholders
  • acknowledgement of support in our publications and website and at meetings, seminars and project launches.

What IPPR can deliver:

  • A respected, high-profile brand: We are the UK's leading progressive thinktank with extensive stakeholder and media contacts and a history of influencing policy debates.
  • An understanding of politics and how to influence policy: We have a comprehensive understanding of politics and the political process and developing relevant policy.
  • An understanding of how to present findings to a wider audience: We have over 20 years' experience of disseminating research findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Robust and innovative research methods and analysis: We have specialist qualitative and quantitative researchers and are known for innovation in research methodologies.
  • Stringent quality control: We place significant emphasis on quality control and have a stringent peer-to-peer quality control process to ensure it.
  • Flexibility: We are accustomed to working flexibly in order to meet the needs of changing circumstances.
  • Wide reach: We engage across political parties and with a wide range of stakeholders. We conduct research and influence policy debates at the local, regional, national and international level.

If you wish to discuss further how you could benefit from working with IPPR, please contact Tim Finch, director of communications.

IPPR is a registered charity (No 80065). Registered 26 September 1988.


Sponsoring events

Our events programme brings high-profile figures and the brightest minds to a wide range of audiences. Partnering with IPPR to sponsor an event offers an excellent opportunity for your organisation to participate in cutting-edge debate and to profile new ideas and policy solutions.

IPPR runs a full events programme, bringing top politicians and policymakers, leading writers and academics, business figures and other influential speakers to a wide range of audiences. Speakers in recent years have included climate change secretary Ed Davey, education secretary Michael Gove and leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.

Events take place in London and at our bases in Newcastle and Manchester, as well as around the country. Each year, IPPR runs a full fringe programme at all three main political party conferences.

For further information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marijana Sevic, head of external affairs.


Get involved in our projects

IPPR research projects often involve public participation by individuals or particular groups.

From time to time, we seek volunteers to participate in workshops or focus groups, or to fill in surveys or questionnaires. At other times, we will invite individuals and organisations to participate in learning exchange trips or other shared research activities.

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