No matter the quality of its research and its relationships with policy makers and other stakeholders, a think tank needs to be well run. The key to organizational effectiveness is not only to have all the right strategies, systems and functions, but also to integrate them into the organizational structure and culture so that they work well together.
Leading the charge
Effective think tank leaders have a unique role to play in their organizations. As Nicolás Ducoté – a former think tank leader in Argentina – puts it, they need to "put energy where researchers don't traditionally put energy!" Be inspired by his talk.
Beyond the boardroom
A think tank’s board of governors provides valuable guidance and direction to the organization. But a truly effective board goes beyond setting strategy and making decisions by helping to promote the institution and attract financial and political support. See what Shekar Shah Executive Director of the National Council for Applied Economic Research had to say:
Making the vision a reality
Starting a think tank is a complex task that doesn’t always succeed. As the founder and Executive Director of Grupo FARO in Ecuador, an Ecuadorian think tank, Orazio Bellettinni faced many challenges in achieving his vision. Read about his experience and advice at onthinktank.org.
Finding and keeping good researchers
Good researchers are the backbone of a think tank and attracting and keeping research staff is vital for an effective organization. TTI’s Organizational Capacity Building Group has been working to understand how think tanks can develop and retain a cadre of research staff whose abilities are best suited to the mission of the organization. Read about what they’re discovering or watch the workshop here: