Think tank state of the sector survey 2024

25 April 2024

About the survey 

Think tanks play an essential role in supporting positive change locally and globally. Yet, we know that think tanks face many challenges, and for many around the world it is getting harder to operate.  

The On Think Tanks state of the sector survey captures a snapshot of think tank operations and the contexts in which they work. These insights, along with data from the Open Think Tank Directory, inform the annual think tank state of the sector report, helping foster dialogue between think tank leaders, funders and evidence users about how best to support and drive the sector forward. 

Our vision is a more transparent, informed and connected sector. If you share this vision, take the On Think Tanks Sector Survey 2024 to be counted. 


 This year we’re excited to partner with 21 fantastic think tanks around the world to provide more nuanced regional analysis of the data: +

The think tank state of the sector report is possible thanks to the generous funding of the William Hewlett & Flora Foundation, Mercator Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Foundation and OTT Consulting. 

How to take part 

Already registered on the Open Think Tank Directory? Check your inbox for your organisation’s unique survey link.  

Don’t receive an email or not sure if you’re registered? Message us to receive your organisation’s survey link (  

The survey invitation will come from  [email protected] or [email protected].    

The email will contain a unique link – each organisation can only respond once.  

The survey response will be treated as the organisation’s perspective, not the individual responding. Therefore, it is important to identify who in your team is best placed to respond, we recommend someone in the leadership team. 

You can forward the link to someone else within your organisation to complete, but you should not forward it to anyone outside of your organisation. 

Responses will be anonymous – no one, including OTT, will be able to see who within the organisation responded, nor which responses belong to which organisation.  

The survey takes around 8 minutes to complete. 

Deadline: 10 July 2024

Together, let’s drive the sector forward!  


To show our appreciation for your participation in this survey, OTT is excited to offer three exclusive prizes. Winners will be chosen at random from all participating organisations:

  • 40% discount on the School for Thinktankers for one member of your organisation. 
  • Priority invitation and waivered registration fee to the OTT Conference 2025. 
  • Complimentary one-hour expert consultation, tailored to support your organisation’s specific needs—be it strategic advice or project feedback.