On Think Tanks was founded in mid 2010.+ It has evolved from a blog into a global initiative dedicated to study and support policy research and policy research centres, or think tanks. The members of the On Think Tanks Team and its Advisory Board are spread out across 6 continents!
Since then, On Think Tanks’ contributors have worked very hard to come up with and share the best ideas and advice for think tanks and their funders.
Our summary is that the OTT is the place that we go to when we need to find templates, understand the news, and understand how think tanks get by and do their business.
Kwame Owino, Director IEA Kenya
On Think Tanks is an extremely valuable source of insights, experiences, and lessons for think tanks, helping them consistently strengthen their work and achieve success. It is also an excellent resource for those who don’t work in think tanks but who understand the value they bring to evidence informed policy and decision-making and would like to support them more. At the Think Tank Initiative, we have gained greatly through our many engagements with On Think Tanks over the last ten years and have really appreciated all that they have to offer.
Peter Taylor, former Director Think Tank Initiative (IDRC)
On Think Tanks is no longer a virtual space. The On Think Tanks Annual Conferences are a testament of this:
Growth has been rather stable since the beginning with new audiences joining every week. Most importantly, though, new collaborators, partners and supporters have strengthened out community.
But growth for growth’s sake has not been On Think Tanks’ main concern. Rather, we have tried to maintain intelectual intellectual autonomy, never afraid to challenge the consensus, when it felt like it was necessary to do so, and eager to give a voice to think tanks themselves.
Together, too, we have developed new initiatives that share the same objectives: improve policymaking and policy outcomes. On Think Tanks has developed the On Think Tanks School, a Fellowship Programme, the Open Think Tank Directory, a Working Paper Series, the On Think Tanks TV, and many more.
As you may imagine, it takes time and money to run On Think Tanks. Demand for new and better ideas from think tanks and funders is growing and we need to be able to meet it.
We feel that we have developed an identifiable value proposition, in the sense that we have been able to make an important contribution to think tanks and their supporters.
And this is not just our opinion:
I’ve met people here that I’ve worked with for many years and it’s incredibly interesting to connect and exchange.
Hans Gutbrod from Transparify on the first On Think Tanks Conference.
I don’t see anywhere else other than On Think Tanks where you have this collective of people who are so dedicated to trying to add value.
Peter da Costa +, Technical Adviser, Hewlett Foundation.
If you agree, you may want to help us keep up the good work and even get better at it. Below, you can choose between an entirely voluntary subscription or a donation to On Think Tanks.
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For instance, the University of Bath hosted the On Think Tanks 2017 and 2018 Annual Conferences in London and it has partnered with Universidad del Pacifico in Peru and On Think Tanks to launch the On Think Tanks Working Paper Series. Soapbox, the UK’s leading research and policy communications firm, developed out website and provides us with regular advice.
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Read our strategy: On Think Tanks 2019-2021+ Strategy
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Most importantly, income from the voluntary subscriptions will help to achieve a better balance across several regions of the world.
Thanks for your ongoing support,
Founder, On Think Tanks