Technological Innovation for Policy Research for Think Tanks

Though the role of technological innovation and data visualization has been contested among think tanks and policy researchers, the Fund believes there is a strong need to understand these tools, their place in the work of policy research organizations, and potential to further and enhance policy research. Data visualization can advance policy research goals by introducing think tanks to a different set of tools and resources. Such innovations can open doors to engage new audiences and help retain existing target groups through more captivating analysis. In an age when think tanks, policy research organizations, and advocacy groups compete for the attention or support of their target audiences with blogs, multimedia channels, social media, interactive news outlets, and other innovative communications platforms, the ability to capture public interest through visualized data has arguably never been more important.

The Think Tank Fund invites proposals from think tanks, policy research organizations, and advocacy groups with in-house research capacity for projects on using data for policy relevant research and evidence-based advocacy.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

The Think Tank Fund will consider proposal by think tanks and hybrid organizations that spend more than 50 percent of their activities in designing and carrying out research as well as advocating its results.

Ineligibility Criteria

This program will not support:

  • maintenance of pre-existing technological tools/websites, or alike;
  • updates or creation of organizational websites;
  • academic research without concrete policy advocacy goals;
  • projects focusing exclusively on open data and citizen engagement.
Purpose and Priorities

The purpose of this call is to promote technological advancement and datavisualization across think tanks in the region. Since think tanks respond differently to the listed challenges and opportunities, they form a mixed community of practice. Differences in engaging with data, technology and visualizations offer an opportunity to share practices, build on proven successful examples, and further develop approaches to data management and outreach. In response to this opportunity, the Think Tank Fund invites proposals in five targeted support schemes:

  • micro-grants for technological innovation and exchange of know-how;
  • technological fellowships;
  • replication projects;
  • methodological innovation for data driven policy research projects;
  • integrated data projects for evidence-based policy research and advocacy.

Guidelines

The application process will take place in two phases: (1) concept note submission and (2) full proposal submission phase. In both phases, the Think Tank Fund will evaluate the materials and provides feedback to applicants.

Please find a detailed description of the application process and deadlines in the complete guidelines.

For further information please get in touch with Think Tank Fund staff at ttf.applications@opensocietyfoundations.org.