Understanding Think Tanks

Think tanks are a difficult subject of study. The definition of a think tank is a heavily contested issue and a topic for heated conversations. To understand what they are we must first understand their origins and evolution over time as well as their context and their relationship with it.

There articles offer an insight into think tanks, their relationships with each other and with other actors, and into the very different contexts in which they thrive around the world.

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Global Evidence to Policy Dialogue

The RSA House, London, United Kingdom

The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) will be bringing together 40 representatives from research funding organizations, policy research institutions, and institutional capacity building programs from around the world to...

April 3, 2017

The On Think Tanks Exchange

Project brief OTT Consulting managed a 2 year project to promote and learn about inter-regional collaboration between think tanks. The On Think Tanks Exchange, saw 10 researchers from Latin America, Europe and...

March 22, 2017

Evolving Think Tanks Short Course Series 2017


Building on lessons from 2016, in 2017 the On Think Tanks School has developed a new and longer series of Short Courses  especially tailored for the think tank community. These courses draw from over a decade of...

March 16, 2017

Evidence-informed decision-making in a complex world

203 Blackfriars Road, London, United Kingdom and online

In a fast changing world, development progress is complex: solutions are neither simple nor obvious. There is growing recognition among research and policy communities that flexible and...

March 6, 2017

The state of the sector: an overview

By Stephen Yeo

In the On Think Tanks 2016 Annual Report, OTT’s regional editors, Leandro Echt (Latin America), Annapoorna Ravichander (South Asia) and Ruthpearl Ng'ang'a (Sub-Saharan Africa), offer...

March 1, 2017

On Think Tanks Conference 2017

London, United Kingdom

The 1st On Think Tanks Conference is an opportunity for OTT Team Members and collaborators to come together to learn about their work and seek out possible opportunities for collaboration over the following...

February 13, 2017
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