The Institute for Parliamentary Research is an institution of the Foundation for Science and Democracy (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Demokratie, SWuD). It was founded on the 1 April 2016 in Halle (Saale) and has been based in Berlin-Mitte since the 1 November 2018. 

IParl operates in four areas:

  • Conducting research on parliamentarism, broadly understood as the organization of democratic representation, its relevant forms and functions, its institutions and actors, and its rules and processes;
  • Serving as a forum for parliamentary democracy, outwardly directed at imparting knowledge to society, while internally focusing on research; 
  • Projects about parliamentary best practices;
  • Advising parliaments and parties.