Funding and supporting think tanks

The effect that funders and other supporters of think tanks have on them should not be underestimated. Often, schemes to support think tanks turn out to be damaging to them and their objectives. On Think Tanks dedicates considerable efforts to study the role of funders and supporters in shaping think tanks and their contribution to policy and public life.

Of particular interest for On Think Tanks is the role of domestic funders, transparency, and the long term development of individual skills, organisational competence, and the institutions that will maximise the contribution of research to policy.

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Webinar: Crowdfunding for think tanks


FUSADES, a think tank based in El Salvador, has been exploring crowdfunding as an approach to raise new resources for their work. They have partnered with  HIPGive, the first and only bilingual crowdfunding...

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Is it all about credibility?

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Over the years, the OTT team has become very familiar with the many dilemmas that think tanks face. I remember a lengthy conversation  about independence with research institutes in...

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Introducing the Best Practice Series

By Raymond Struyk

In 2017, OTT published a set of documents under the OTT Best Practice Series. Each document dealt with a different topic and produced a best practice statement, based on the experiences of...

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