A couple of months ago I published a couple of blogs about a new project funded by the TTI to study the relationship between think tanks and universities. The project in Latin America is now underway and the team has set up a new website: +Saber América Latina.
Posts tagged ‘Think Tank’
The previous post suggested that this can be achieved by working through three steps: a) what should get done, b) who is best placed to do it, and c) empowering those who are best placed to do it to do it.
To answer the first question, the post examined what an informed content strategy looked like. And before we dive into step b, let’s consider first why we even need a content strategy.
Are all think tanks non-for-profits? It seems that many think tanks in Hungary are for-profit companies that look, talk, walk like think tanks. Should their legal status make a difference on whether they get funding or not? Should donors just accept that difference is the rule?
Understanding the audience of a particular think tank or initiative is key to determining whether its outputs are 'fit for purpose', which is what this post covers. It begins by articulating a challenge faced by many think tanks and initiatives working in the international arena. It then provides an overview of various methods for understanding and targeting audiences relevant to both institutions and programmes. It concludes with some tips for putting it all together.
Hans Gutbrod suggests that think tanks at their best optimize, fix, and close policy gaps, trying to improve everyone's lives. This helps to define what think tanks are and should do, and has practical implications for the research decisions they make.
In this event, co-organised by On Think Tanks and IEP in Peru, we ask think tanks' audiences how they prefer to access information and knowledge. A politician, a journalist, and a researcher provide their opinions and experiences to inform think tanks' strategies.
Hans Gutbrod analyses how 20 leading US think tanks have developed over 2012. Seven of them are doing very well, while four of them are not exactly comfortable, at least not in financial terms. Analysis and detailed spreadsheet available.
These next posts tackle a related challenge: becoming fit for purpose. Knowing that things have to change is one thing, knowing how things have to change is something else entirely. It requires a good understanding of both the internal and external context. It also requires a strong understanding of the organisational business model and the broad objectives of the organisation.
This is the 3rd in a series of posts on the way in which context affects think tanks. It draws on the discussions at the First Chinese Think Tanks International Forum held in Beijing in June 2013. There, about 50 thinktankers, researchers and practitioners set out plans to build a strong think tank community