Using Data for Policy-Relevant Research and Evidence-Based Advocacy

The Open Society Think Tank Fund and Information Program offer support to think tanks, policy research organizations or advocacy organizations with in-house research capacity for comprehensive projects focusing on using data for policy relevant research and evidence-based advocacy.

The purpose of this grant is to encourage think tanks and advocacy organizations with research capacity to develop comprehensive proposals that speak to all stages of building evidence-based policies. This may include improving access to and reuse of the existing data that think tanks and policy research organization already have in house, or that they know of that could be made available from public sources (i.e. from public authorities, government, EU etc.) in accessible and searchable formats.

This funding line will consider support to projects that bring new data sources to light (collection, publication), expand existing data sources (scaling, or adding new sources), process or reuse data sources (enabling mashups, comparisons and cross-referencing), as well as improving usability and interactivity of data (development and deployment of front-end, dashboards, APIs). Projects should enable concerned citizens, activists and advocates to use existing data for evidence based policy arguments to develop policy alternatives and engage in well-informed policy discussions in their societies.

Projects that propose new uses of data for advocacy, target non-traditional stakeholders, develop challenging and complementary information sets for broader application or use data sets to challenge commonly accepted facts in an under-researched policy area are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Open Society Think Tank Fund and Information Program offer support to think tanks, policy research organizations or advocacy organizations with in-house research capacity for comprehensive projects focusing on using data for policy relevant research and evidence-based advocacy. Applications are invited for projects with a maximum duration of one year, for up to $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Guidelines

Download the call for proposals for complete application instructions.