Investigating integrity in public institutions

Institutional integrity has never been more important than it is today. Public trust in leadership is at an all-time low and it is clear that where problems such as corruption flourish, the fabric of democracy is weakened. Many leaders now see the need for dramatic and rapid reform. But while the will is there, uncertainty remains about how to effectively tackle these complex and multi-faceted issues, particularly as economic and political landscapes differ so greatly.

The ultimate aim of the programme is to establish a permanent multi-disciplinary institution within the School focused on researching and promoting integrity within public institutions. Our core objectives are:

  • To provide an authoritative account of the meaning of integrity as it applies to public institutions.
  • To undertake original empirical research on what promotes and impedes integrity within public institutions.
  • To develop a clear theory of change for the building of integrity within public institutions.
  • To foster partnerships with actors in private, governmental and civil society spheres in order to facilitate change within public institutions.

Read or see the video below about how the Building Integrity Programme defines 'public institutional integrity' (PDF).

Top image: Participants on the â€˜Integrity and Values in Government’ course which drew on the Building Integrity expertise. Photo by John Cairns.