Founded in 1944, we are a charity working in the UK and around the world to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments.
The Hansard Society believes that the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.
An independent, non-partisan political research and education Society, our work is devoted to:
- Exploring the evolution of representative democracy: offering evidence-based ideas for reform of political and parliamentary institutions, processes and culture to help foster democratic renewal.
- Educating citizens, particularly young people: so that they have the knowledge and confidence to play an active role in our democracy and be future leaders in civic and political life.
- Connecting citizens with parliamentarians and policy-makers: through innovative on and off-line initiatives to address the democratic deficit.
- Convening debate on topical political issues: providing a non-partisan forum for the exchange of ideas about our democratic future.
Our annual reports and information about our funding can be found on the ‘How we are funded’ section.