Assessing Demand

November 14, 2011
IDRC and GlobeScan
What kind of information do national policy actors need, and how do they access it? What are their perceptions of the quality, value, and availability of research findings produced by think tanks in general, and specifically those funded by the Think Tank Initiative?

To help answer questions such as these, the Initiative undertook a Policy Community Survey between 2009 and 2011 in all countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America where the program is engaged. The 1,000 respondents included senior-level, active members of the national policy community.

The survey found that in South Asia and Latin America, think tanks are among the most frequently used sources of information that stakeholders draw on for evidence. In comparison, think tanks are much less used by African stakeholders, who are more likely to rely on relevant government ministries and international agencies for their information needs.

The Initiative hopes to build on this exercise and carry out quantitative and qualitative research to develop a better understanding of policy-making communities in specific countries, and to provide strategic direction to think tanks on how they can best contribute to the quality of policy-making in countries where they operate.

Read the full report here.