23 July 2018

Each webinar is led by a think tank expert and covers a key aspect of a policy research centre’s work, from how to maximise the impact of its research, to the importance of good governance and management.

All webinars are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Watch the webinars:

Gala Díaz Langou: New Challenges for think tanks

Gala Díaz Langou, Director of the Social Protection Program at CIPPEC, offers insights into the main challenges think tanks face in engaging with wider audiences and constituencies and advice on some strategies based on the experience of CIPPEC. (Read more)

Ruth Levine: The think tank-funder relationship

In this webinar, Ruth Levine, who works at a foundation that supports many think tanks and previously held a senior position at the Center for Global Development, describes ways in which think tank leaders and staff can increase the chances of a successful relationship with their funders.(Read more)

Tom Hashemi: Democracy 2:0 – a new role for the policy expert?

Tom Hashemi, director of the communications consultancy We are Flint, presents their latest research exploring the UK public’s attitudes towards policy influencing organisations, including think tanks. (Read more)

Scarlett Varga: Business development in think tanks – who deals with what?

Scarlett Varga, Deputy Head of Development of Bruegel, shares her experience about strategic development and fundraising in think tanks as well as strategic considerations that inform how an organisation can approach partnerships. (Read more)

Adanna Shallowe: How to build and sustain global think tank networks

As think tanks are engaging more and more with their peers within their respective regions or in other parts of the world, Adanna Shallowe, Senior Global Manager at the Royal Society of Arts, discusses how to start and maintain networks in the think tank community. (Read more)

Lukas Hupfer: Defining public engagement as a value of your think tank

In this webinar, Lukas Hupfer, Director at foraus, discusses different reasons and methods of engaging with the public as a think tank. Who is my public? How do I reach out to it? And, what are the challenges of public engagement? (Read more)

Kerry Albright: Mobilizing evidence as a driver of social change for and with children and young people

In this webinar, Kerry Albright shares her experience from UNICEF in working with governments around the world to stimulate more evidence-informed decision-making on issues that matter to children and their caregivers. (Read more)

Simon Burall: Public engagement – practical lessons 

Simon Burall, a senior associate with Involve in the UK discusses the practical challenges of running public engagement events. (Read more)

Josephine Tsui: Gender and think tanks

Josephine Tsui discusses how think tank leaders can increase the quality of their research by being proactive in understanding the gendered dynamics within research organisations. (Read more)

Marcos González Hernando: British think tanks after the 2008 global financial crisis

Marcos González Hernando, Senior Researcher at Think-tank for Action on Social Change (FEPS-TASC), presents his new book British think tanks after the 2008 global financial crisis. (Read more)

Chris Mowles: Leadership practice – is there such a thing and what could we usefully say about it

Chris Mowles, Director of the Doctor of Management programme at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) in the UK, discusses insights from two recent initiatives. (Read more)

Renata H. Dalaqua: Reflections on working at a think tank while pursuing a PhD

In this webinar, Renata H. Dalaqua, who completed her doctorate in 2017, reflects on her experience conducting academic research and working at a Brazilian think tank at the same time. (Read more)

Dmytro Khutkyy: Rotational leadership for the sustainability of think tank networks

Dmytro Khutkyy discusses how an alternative leadership model can strengthen webs of think tanks, action tanks, or any other civil society organizations. (Read more)

Cameron Neylon: Research excellence

Cameron Neylon examines how ideas of excellence risk perpetuating a new cycle of expropriation from post-colonies and other disadvantaged countries. (Read more)

Leandro Echt: Partisan think tanks – knowledge for policy or expert activism?

Leandro Echt discusses the distinctive features of partisan think tanks, presents a framework to study these actors and shares some of the findings of his research. (Read more)

Marjorie Alain: Context is key – positioning your research to be useful for policy

Marjorie Alaine discusses how research can be contextualized in order to bridge the gap with policymaking. (Read more)

Sarah Lucas & Peter Taylor: Strengthening policy research organizations – what we’ve learned from the Think Tank Initiative

The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) helped think tanks across three continents become institutionally stronger and better positioned to influence policy with research evidence. Sarah Lucas and Peter Taylor reflect on the lessons that emerged throughout TTI. (Read more)

Keith Burnet: New Approaches to Research, Audience Engagement and Impact

Keith Burnet outlines ways in which think tanks can increase their engagement with new and diverse audiences without compromising the quality of their work or their credibility. (Read more)

Renuka Iyer: Key elements of the talent agenda – attracting and retaining staff

Renuka Iyer discusses some of the foundational elements of a long term talent agenda, identifying key elements for attracting and retaining staff. (Read more)

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