Research is think tanks main function. It underpins their claim to legitimacy. But getting it right is harder than it sounds. Think tanks must address challenges as diverse as the research skills of their staff, the introduction of new research methods, peer review systems, etc.

These articles and resources offer an opportunity to explore these challenges as well as opportunities for think tanks’ research function.

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Ethics in research

By Douglas Mackay, Norma Correa Aste

Think tanks do not often consider the ethical implications of their research methods. Douglas Mackay has reflected on the ethics of public policy RCTs. In his presentation, Douglas...

November 24, 2020

An interview with Peter Da Costa

By Enrique Mendizabal

And that's the 60-million-dollar question: how do you get to that point where everything we all do as actors and the system responds to what needs to be done… as opposed to what we, who are...

November 23, 2020

COVID-19: First survey results

By Enrique Mendizabal

The first On Think Tanks (OTT) survey on the impact of COVID-19 on think tanks was carried out between 7 April and 25 May 2020. It was a short pilot survey intended to provide us with a rapid...

July 6, 2020

Research and learning officer

On Think Tanks

On Think Tanks is the leading global source of information, ideas, advice and services for policy research centres, or think tanks. Funded in 2010, OTT has a global team and we work with think tanks, thinktankers and...

June 9, 2020