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Find here our latest reports and data analysis.

The Think Tank State of the Sector 2021-2022 publication will be available soon!

The Think Tank State of the Sector publication provides an overview of the think tank sector worldwide. Amidst growing economic and political concerns worldwide, this year’s State of the Sector report explores the results of a sector-wide survey to understand how think tanks see their current contexts, forecast the future, the key challenges they are facing, and the policy issues they are paying attention to. The report offers a new analysis focusing on the actions and policies think tanks are implementing to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues. The report also provides global and regional snapshots of the characteristics of 3,140 active think tanks registered in the Open Think Tank Directory.

We invite you to explore the data and share your perspectives and insights on the trends.


Past reports

The first State of the Sector publication analysed data from 2,802 active think tanks in 2019. The report provided an overview of and comparisons with the variables in the directory. Some of these variables included think tank regions, topics of focus, date founded, gender of founder, gender of leaders, business models, social media, staff, publications, and turnover.

Read the 2019 report here.

The second State of the Sector publication described the characteristics of think tanks worldwide in 2020–2021 (based on data from 3,107 active think tanks in the Open Think Tank Directory – OTTD); four regional briefs to offer a more nuanced view of think tanks in four different continents (also based on data from the OTTD); and a short report, which analyses the results from a survey on how organisations in the evidence-informed policy sector see their context, the key challenges faced and the main issues to address.

Access the 2020-2021 report here. Find out more about the 2020-2021 survey results here.

Add your organisation to the Open Think Tank Directory to be included in next year’s State of the Sector report.