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Over the years, CIPE has actively contributed to policy discussions and thought leadership in the democracy and economic communities.
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Foreword

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
This How-To Guide for Economic Think Tanks: Lessons in Policy Influence and Organizational Vitality captures insights from the experience of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and its think tank partners from around the globe. CIPE’s mission is to strengthen democracy around th...

Introduction

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
The last decade has witnessed a rapid democratic backsliding marked by declining trust in government, institutions, and business and a shrinking space for a pluralistic civil society. As trust in public and private institutions wanes, increased polarization has greatly reduced reliance on facts, emp...

The Role of Think Tanks

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
Think tanks act as brokers of policy knowledge, centers of research, and incubators of new ideas. As brokers, they channel knowledge between scholars, policymakers, and civil society. As applied researchers, they convert multidisciplinary theory and empirics into insights and recommendations package...

Strategic Positioning

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Every think tank makes strategic choices and trade-offs that depend on its purposes, constituencies, and context. A good strategy differentiates a think tank from its peers but aligns the components of its operations toward a common purpose. Ultimately, CIPE views think tanks’ success in terms of ...

Stakeholder Relations and Communications

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A think tank has no greater asset than its reputation. A good reputation attracts supporters and resources, opens access to decision makers and audiences, influences how its message is heard, and protects the organization during crisis. A think tank builds its reputation through the way it conducts ...

Beyond Research

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
Think tanks become active participants in the policy process when they engage in advocacy. By pursuing advocacy strategies, think tanks greatly increase the likelihood that their ideas and research will be incorporated into policy. In contrast, if research findings are released without an advocacy p...

Getting Started

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
As the suggestions and cases in this How-To Guide for Economic Think Tanks illustrate, there is no “one-size-fits-all” formula for any think tank. However, there are traits that are common to many leading think tanks around the world, including CIPE partners. These nine keys to success are: Def...

Conclusion

12.07.2020 | Guides & Tools
Think tanks shape the policy space in many ways, from analyzing ideas and policy performance to educating decision makers and fostering debate. A wise think tank leader, though, will not dive into every contest and opportunity that is presented. It is too easy for the power of ideas to get lost in t...
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