How should think tanks influence policy? In a manner that strengthens other institutions and does not weaken them.
Posts from the ‘Opinion’ Category
What makes a city attract think tanks and encourage their formation? Is being close to centres of government a necessary condition? Bangalore, in India, offers an excellent case to study the factors that encourage think tank formation and development.
The Peruvian Alliance for Useful Evidence exists to promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Peru. Over the last few months, it has organised several meetings and events with members of organisations from the public and private sector, civil society organisations and the international community, in order to discuss this issue. This post presents 5 lessons learned in the process.
We have seen important improvements in think tanks' communications capacities. It is time that we focused on management. Enrique Mendizabal argues that the next big push in think tank capacity building should focus "management for researchers" -which is not the same as project management.
What does the future of think tanks communications hold? A conversation with John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox
John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox, talks about the future of think tank communications. He outlines three trends: digital first, the rise of narratives, and automation. All of these have important implications for think tanks and their supporters.
Tom Medvetz presents a fresh and critical view of the role that think tanks play in a democracy, and how the level of the discussion they generate can, on a deeper level, reinforce the existing structures thus supporting the status quo. To regain credibility, think tanks should have to learn how to separate the policy world from the process of intellectual production.
In this post, part of a series based on interviews and visits in Kenya, I share two possible ways for international funders to support the emergence of new thinktankers and think tanks in developing countries.