The IDeA works for local government improvement so councils can serve people and places better.
We use experienced councillors and senior officers, known as peers, who support and challenge councils to improve themselves.
We enable councils to share good practice through the national Beacons scheme and regional local government networks. The best ideas are put on the IDeA Knowledge website.
Our Leadership Academy programmes help councillors become better leaders so they can balance the diverse demands of people living in the same community.
The IDeA also promotes the development of local government’s management and workforce. We advise councils on improving customer service and value for money. And we help councils work through local partnerships to tackle difficult problems such as crime and poor public health.
The IDeA is a member of the LGA group, comprising of five partner organisations who work together to support, promote and improve local government.
It is owned by the Local Government Association and belongs to local government.