Funding is a key concern for every think tank due to how it affects its sustainability, the people that are part of it, the type of research that it can undertake, as well as the potential for having real policy influence.
This course systematises what is known about the funding models that currently prevail in the South and analyses their implications and consequences so as to provide participating think tanks with better evidence to support key decisions regarding their identity, sustainability and relevance.
Who is this for?
This Short Course is for leaders and fundraisers of think tanks and research organisations interested in reflecting on their own funding model and learning from different experiences in order to strengthen their long term sustainability.
The module aims at helping those looking to:
- Raise awareness about the different ways of generating and using funding and their implications for the organisation and its members, and
- Socialise new ideas and innovative practices for better managing multiple funding models.
There are limited spaces and those participating are expected to be actively engaged in the process (before, during and after the webinars).
Background note and discussion forum will be available from: May 3rd
Webinar 1: May 10th
Webinar 2: May 24th
Delivery of exercise: May 31st
Exact times of the webinars will be defined once we know who is participating.
Vanesa Weyrauch: Vanesa is co-founder of Politics & Ideas, a think net focused in the interaction between research and policy, and Associate Researcher at CIPPEC, Argentina. She has worked in the policy and research field for the past 12 years, especially with think tanks in Latin America. She has created several online courses on topics like policy influence planning, designing policy relevant research agendas, funding models, research communications and monitoring & evaluating policy influence addressed to think tanks in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Vanesa has recently developed and implemented an online course to help policymakers promote the use of research in policy. She also works as mentor with several think tanks in developing countries, particularly in communications, policy influence, funding and monitoring and evaluation. She has evaluated different policy influence projects/programs/organisations (for example, the Think Tank Initiative´s Capacity Building Phase 1). She has worked as Institutional Development Director at CIPPEC (a leading think tank in Argentina) from 2002-2006 and then created and led the Policy Influence program in this think tank. She has authored several papers and handbooks.
She holds a BA in Social Communications from Universidad Austral (Argentina) and a Certificate of Special Studies in Management and Administration from Harvard University.
Leandro Echt: Leandro is an independent consultant, member of Politics & Ideas and On Think Tanks who works on research and policy, focusing on think tanks and civil society organisations and on developing their capacities to influence policy. He works as a consultant for the Center of Analysis and Dissemination of the Paraguayan Economy (CADEP). He worked for more than five years at the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), in Argentina, as the Coordinator of the Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Program. Among other initiatives he coordinated the program “Spaces for engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions”, a six-year program by CIPPEC and GDNet aimed at developing Latin American, African and Asian think tanks and researchers capacities for policy influence. He also coordinated the online platform: Bridging Research and Policy in Latin America (VIPPAL).
Leandro holds a M.A. in Public Policies and Development Management, a Diploma on Evaluation of Public Policies and a BA in Political Sciences, and he is also a Professor of Political Sciences.