Mission & Strategy


The International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA) is an open-access collaborative platform for the understanding and strengthening of the interfaces between science and policymaking. These Science-Policy Interfaces (SPI) are dynamic, complex, and often contested systems in which knowledge, society, and public policy are in discourse with each other. These systems are also highly dependent on social and political contexts they exist within.

INGSA works to increase the capability, resilience, and positive outcomes of these systems and the people that comprise them. Through a global network of regional and thematic working groups, workshops, conferences, and a growing catalogue of tools and guidance, the network aims to enhance the global knowledge-to-policy interface and improve the potential for evidence-informed policy formation at all levels of governance.


To enable evidence-informed policy-making at multiple levels of government on our shared global goals.

To serve as the leading global actor to help structure and strengthen science policy interfaces. Through workshops, conferences and other convening opportunities at regional, national and local levels, INGSA provides a forum for policy makers, practitioners, and academics to share experience, build capacity, and develop theoretical and practical approaches to improve the use of scientific evidence in the complex and multidimensional process of informing policy.


Decision-makers and knowledge communities engage productively through a well-developed, context-responsive, and institutionalised SPI in order to advance evidence-informed policy at sub-national, national and regional levels. Public policies and decisions are thus informed by robust scientific evidence, which elected officials and policy practitioners access through institutionalised channels of communication with the national and global research communities.


INGSA recognises the diverse socio-cultural, linguistic, and institutional contexts that underpin governments and their work to develop and implement policy. We do not advocate for a particular format or structure of science advice.

INGSA activities are led by local knowledge and practice, while bringing to bear trans-boundary experience and diverse expertise in contextually appropriate ways.


INGSA has three programmatic aims, which underpin the structure of our programming. These aims are met through a suite of core activities together with strategic directions set over triennial periods. The three programmatic aims are to:

  • Strengthen individual and institutional competencies across science policy interfaces
  • Generate and share practice-oriented knowledge
  • Convene and strengthen science advice and science diplomacy communities of practice