Action Research and Organizational Capacity Building: Journeys of change in Southern think tanks

Policy research organisations, or think tanks, have a particular focus: to undertake quality research that feeds into local, national and international policy debates. Through advocacy and analysis, as well as by providing advice on domestic and international issues, they enable both policymakers and the public at large to make informed decisions about public policy issues.  This book (available online in PDF) presents five case studies describing how think tanks in Ghana, Pakistan, Rwanda, Ecuador, and Sri Lanka went about building capacity within their own organisations. The book aims to provide insight into how policy research organisations have actually gone about improving the quality of their research, including successes and pitfalls, in a “live” organisational change process. The book is the result of a three-year action research project in collaboration with the Think Tank Initiative.