In this post, Julie LaFrance from the Think Tank Initiative, reflects on some of the lessons the programme has learned in supporting think tanks. She argues that greyer flexibility from donors (and the various contractors they use) is necessary to support think tanks in a way that suits their own interests and possibilities. Important lessons for any 'demand-driven' initiative.
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In his second post, Philippe Martin outlines some of the key findings of his study of the effect that certain contextual factors have on think tanks' performance. He concludes with a number of interesting research questions to inform any efforts for further analysis.
Philippe Martin has used the Think Tank Initiative's database to test a number of hypothesis about the effect that certain contextual factors have on think tanks' performance. In this first post of two, he outlines some of the hypothesis studied.
David Walker presents and discusses a Knowledge Society Index developed to attempt to explain the effect of the context on think tanks formation and success. Developing such an index presents an attractive opportunity to quantify the fussy relationship between context and think tanks but leads to critical challenges that David addresses. What do you think of the index? Are the costs and challenges too large to merit the effort?
The On Think Tanks Exchange is a new initiative to support collaboration between researchers in think tanks across the world. Each researcher (those accepted to programme) will participate in a series of face to face and online exchanges between January 2014 and September 2015. The deadline for application is the 30th November!
The Think Tank Initiative, the Think Tank Fund and On Think Tanks have joined forces to launch a 2 year project to encourage and support exchanges between think tanks across the developing world. The On Think Tanks Exchange will offer a group of young a promising researchers the chance to join a community of fellow think tankers to learn about each other's think tanks, and work on relevant collaborative research projects.