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Strengthening policy research institutions is a long-term endeavour. That’s why the Think Tank Initiative has been designed as a 10-year program, to give the think tanks the time and support they need to increase their capacity and effectiveness.

The program was first launched in 2008 and is set to end in 2019. A mid-program external evaluation was conducted and the lessons that emerged from that exercise, as well as from our ongoing internal reflection, helped to guide planning and implementation for the second half of the program.

Getting Results

Our long-term vision is that policymakers in participating countries consistently use objective, high quality research to develop and implement policies that lead to more equitable and prosperous societies. Our specific objectives are to:

  • Support a group of promising think tanks and assist them to maintain effective strategies to improve organizational performance and monitor progress
  • Provide a combination of core funding and access to capacity development support to enable think tanks, both individually and collectively, to achieve improvements in organizational performance, research quality, and policy engagement
  • Facilitate and share learning about strategies for defining, building and managing successful, sustainable think tanks with a wide range of interested stakeholders

Our Results Framework shows how we measure our progress.

The External Evaluation shows what we have learned, achieved and how we can further improve.