Mission, Goal, Vision & Values


Mission, Goal, Vision and Values

The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities.



The Institute’s goal is to be the leading provider of information that enables local officials and their communities to make good decisions.



The Institute envisions a future in California in which:

  • People value their local public institutions.
  • Local agencies effectively deliver public services.
  • All segments of the community are appropriately engaged in key public decisions.
  • Decision-makers make informed policy choices based on their best sense of the public’s interest.

Institute Values

Integrity: Trustworthiness is of utmost importance to us. We present the results of our research in an unbiased way.

Relevance: Our information is high quality, useful and timely—we work hard to anticipate local agency information needs.

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Organizational Transparency

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Institute operates according to its corporate bylaws and such other policies adopted by the Institute’s board of directors.

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