RGIDS is a nongovernmental research organisation, registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. It has been engaged in social science research, training and policy support to both Central and State Governments since its inception in 2005. Its strong academic base and core competence in the areas of decentralised governance and central state relations have been contributing significantly to the State of Kerala.
Apart from conducting Training Programme to elected representatives of Panchayat Raj institutions, the institute has conducted research studies for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) etc.
The institute is situated in the banks of the beautiful Neyyar Dam which is almost 30 KM away from the Thiruvananthapuram city. The campus is spread over 5 acres with 45,000 sq.ft built up area housing high-tech classrooms, library, conference hall, auditorium, cafeteria, etc.