Probono Economics blog: A shared interest, the relationship between policymakers and charities

The relationship between charities and policymakers matters immensely. Charities are major public service providers. They provide evidence and insight that policymakers would otherwise struggle to find. They act on behalf of overlooked groups and they create connections within communities which underpin the trusting relationships that individuals and government both rely on. Deep and collaborative partnerships between the two help charities to perform all these roles more effectively and sustainably and enable government to improve the effectiveness of policy and delivery.

This research examines the views of MPs, councillors and civil servants working across the UK. It uncovers the many strengths in their relationships with charities, the areas where these can be further developed and points towards changes that could improve understanding and collaboration between them.

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