INGSA provides a forum for policy makers, practitioners, academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government. It shall operate through:
- Exchanging lessons, evidence and new concepts through conferences, workshops and a website;
- Collaborating with other organisations where there are common or overlapping interests;
- Assisting the development of advisory systems through capacity-building workshops;
- Producing articles and discussion papers based on comparative research into the science and art of scientific advice.
INGSA is committed to diversity, recognizing the multiple cultures and structures of governance and policy development. It is not intended as a lobbyist organization and does not seek to endorse any particular form or structure of science advice. INGSA shall operate under the general aegis of ICSU, with the Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand currently hosting the INGSA secretariat.