Our Approach

22 March 2017

We are guided by three principles:

We are open We feed what we learn from our consulting projects back into the community so that more people can benefit from it. And the On Think Tanks platform constantly seeks to open opportunities for discussion and debate.
We are curious We’re always looking to push ourselves, our clients, and the community forward. This is central to who we are and what we do.
We are together We know we can’t do this on our own. In our consultancy projects we work alongside our clients to understand their challenges, explore solutions and turn them into action. Through On Think Tanks, we bring together a vibrant collective from across the globe.

OTT Consulting brings together the practical experience of our partners, associates and consultants to deliver the best advice possible solutions to contribute towards better informed decisions on matters of public interest. Our work combines initiatives designed and implemented by us as well as demand-led projects.

We will always try to focus on what is necessary to improve the outcomes of decisions on matters of public interest, rather than on what we think is interesting or beneficial to us.

Demand-led projects

Often, we are approached by foundations, policymakers, think tanks and their supporters with specific questions and requests for support. If we can do this over an email or a video call we will not hesitate to help. We can also point them towards content on this website or direct them to an expert or service out there – if we believe there is a better source of advice we will help them find it.

Sometimes, however, these requests turn into projects and programmes which can be delivered as consultancies. OTT Consulting provides a vehicle to deliver them.

We also bid for projects through competitive tenders. When we do so (for instance, an evaluation or strategic review):

  • We are selective about who we work for – we aim to develop strong and lasting relationships with our clients to ensure that, overtime, we are able to offer more nuanced and meaningful support.
  • We are careful about who we work with – we prefer to work with partners, associates and consultants with whom we already have a strong and lasting relationship. They are also part of our community and we like to take care of them.
  • We work from strengthens – we look for opportunities where we know we have a comparative advantage and offer clients a meaningful contribution to their aims; by the same token, we look for strengths in our clients or the beneficiaries of our work and use them as the foundation of our interventions.
  • We recognise that context matters and we act on it – we avoid imposing alien solutions without a careful consideration of the contexts and the circumstances of the organisations we are working with.
  • We are comfortable with complexity – we know that change (personal, organisational, institutional and systemic) is complex and we relish in the opportunity to explore how it unfolds and respond as it does.
  • We are a learning organisation – we expect that every project is a learning opportunity and we are explicit about what we know and what we do not know right from the start. If possible, we position ourselves as a learning partner for our clients.
  • We are public – we share what we learn and we encourage our clients and partners to do the same. We believe the work we do must be a public good.
  • We are champions of local knowledge and local agency – we always prefer to support individuals and organisations to bring about change in their own communities rather than introduce it ourselves.

Our initiatives

Our initiatives are opportunities to address a challenge we have identified – even if nobody else is willing to tackle it. In some cases, OTT Consulting Ltd provides a vehicle to deliver them through partnerships with other institutions.

Our team

Our team is spread around the world. We will engage with them depending on their knowledge, skills and availability. You can read more about them here.

Get in touch

If you would like to work with us get in touch.

Find out more about our projects here.