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Reimagining government in Europe



We believe in the potential of governments to support everyone to thrive


But we have found that government systems, structures, and processes are often not set up to respond to the complex challenges we face as a society.

We work alongside governments, public servants, civil society and communities, offering support and guidance to help realise our vision to make government work better for people everywhere.

What we do


As a charity, our team in Europe helps those working in and around government by acting as a learning partner, supporting them to centre all their work in learning and experimentation.

We co-create every partnership based on the unique organisational context and community we’re working with. There are many ways we work with partners. Some of the main ways we support them are:

  • Action research and storytelling

    We push the boundaries of our current understanding, exploring new topics critical to the future of government. We share what we’re learning and tell the stories of the people spearheading change in governments worldwide.

  • Capability building and transformation

    We work alongside governments to help them build the mindsets, capabilities, tools and frameworks to lead in complexity. We support them in transforming structures and cultures to orient them towards learning and experimentation.

  • Supporting learning communities and spaces

    We convene public servants to connect, share knowledge, and accelerate learning in response to complex challenges.

  • Partnering to deliver impact through innovation

    We work with partners to design and deliver global philanthropic impact challenges to support systems and communities to deliver better outcomes through the transformative power of technology.

What we're learning



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public servants and changemakers

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In 2021-22, we worked with a range of partners on topics including innovation, digital transformation, and strengthening community relationships.

In the true spirit of a learning partner, we're continually learning about how to support change in government. So, we've gathered key insights from our work about what governments can do to shape public services that work better for everyone:

  • Work alongside communities to build better public services that meet people’s needs.

  • Think of their role as a convener and a steward, to unlock partnerships able to tackle complex challenges.

  • Be proactive in building learning environments and lead by example.

  • Re-frame approaches to innovation and impact, in order to create meaningful change.

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Our work


Helping European workers benefit from AI’s potential

Partnering with Google.org to support workers most impacted by AI-related workforce transitions through the AI Opportunity Fund: Europe.

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Reimagining city life

Urban Imaginaries is a 10-month learning journey supporting cities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia to develop solutions to their most pressing urban challenges, co-designed and delivered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), thanks to the support of the European Union.

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Supporting survivors of modern slavery

Working with the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab to co-design new support pathways for survivors of modern slavery.

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Driving climate action in cities

Working with cities to lead the charge towards a net zero resilient future.

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Inspiring Tech Innovation for Social Good

Partnering with Google.org to build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient Europe through the Tech for Social Good Impact Challenge.

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Experimenting around regulation

Supporting Greater Manchester and regulatory and inspection partners to design more collaborative ways of working together to improve public services for those who experience multiple disadvantage.

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Enabling Human Learning Systems

Helping places and organisations apply a Human Learning Systems approach to planning and delivering public services.

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Promoting active ageing

Partnering with the Live Longer Better (LLB) network to enable Active Partnerships to learn collectively and encourage active ageing.

Building relationships with communities

Working with the London Borough of Redbridge to help their community hubs thrive by supporting them to establish the systems, processes, and culture to learn as they work.

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Reimagining children’s social care

Helping local authorities in England to rethink children’s social care and design new approaches to enable social workers to do their best work.

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Unlocking digital transformation across Europe

Supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies in designing and implementing the European Digital Cities initiative. This 18-month programme helped 19 European capital cities accelerate digital innovation, providing them with the tools and capabilities to design citizen-centred services that deliver better results for residents.

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Who we work with


We’ve worked with public sector organisations, government, academic institutions, charities and foundations across Europe to explore how we can make government more effective and trusted to work for everyone.

Testimonials


"We greatly enjoyed working alongside the CPI team. With their rigour and warmth, we successfully co-created a human-centered design learning journey called Urban Imaginaries for city teams in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova (under the EU funded Mayors for Economic Growth). All city teams saw their grant design and implementation improved and positive effects and scalability of the learning, including securing additional funding. Change in local bureaucracies is no quick fix and ultimately depends on the human tissue of trust and safe spaces to experiment and learn. People change systems, the CPI team understood that and showed much adaptability and relevance to that end."

Tina Saeteraas Stoum, Regional Orchestrator, UNDP

"CPI worked with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) to understand effective ways to engage the public on meaningful behaviour change that can aid in achieving net-zero emissions goals. CPI was able to activate its network and deep knowledge to interpret our brief and deliver a sophisticated output that resonated with policy-makers and practitioners."

Andrew Barnett OBE, Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)

"CPI has been invaluable to Frontline and has filled our skill gaps patiently and expertly through a partnership of equality where Frontline can bring its subject matter expertise and its networks, with CPI contributing expert project management, government relations abilities and policy excellence. Without CPI we would not have advanced our “Blueprint for Children's Social Care” to a live test and learn site."

Callum Ross, Head of Fellowship, Frontline

"Working with CPI was a great experience. They brought rigour, creativity and challenge to our work together, taking our initial brief and developing it flexibly with us, in response to what we were learning as we went along. Their work was instrumental in helping us develop and refine our programmatic theory of change, which identified our core purpose, and the means by which we could achieve that purpose – in our case, to build trusting relationships, through effective and structured collaboration."

Ed Anderton, Learning and Evaluation Lead, London Borough of Redbridge

Meet the team


We are an experienced international team of former civil servants, researchers, and communicators who are passionate about reimagining government. 

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Aurora Horwood

Head of Communications, Europe

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Beatriz Cano Buchholz

Programme Manager, Europe

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Dan Rowson

Programme Manager, Europe

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Francesca Livraghi

Senior Associate, Europe

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Gabrielle Beran

Senior Manager, Climate Action

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Gabriel Del Castillo

Senior Associate, Europe

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Harriet Hunter

Programme Director, Europe

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Helen Stevenson

Senior Programme Manager, Europe

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Javiera Godoy

Programme Manager, Global Development Initiative

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Karen Lawson

Programme Director, Europe

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Keisha Swaby

Senior Programme Manager, Europe

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Lidya Stamper

Senior Associate, Europe

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Mahreen Zaidi San Miguel

Senior Associate, Europe

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Mathilde Foged Jensen

Senior Associate, Europe

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Natalie Creary

Regional Director, Europe

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Ruth Ball

Programme Manager, Europe

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Toby Lowe

Visiting Professor in Public Management

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Get in touch

Are you ready to reimagine government with us? Then, get in touch and let’s talk about how we can work together.

Contact us

Centre for Public Impact UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, company number 12436197, charity number 1193597. Our registered office is 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2RE, United Kingdom. You can find more information on CPI's overall governance structure here.