Upcoming courses

All courses

School for Thinktankers 2021

The School for Thinktankers is designed to prepare the next generation of think tank leaders. A think tank leader cannot rely solely on being a great researcher, they also must be managers, networkers, and communicators. Unfortunately, many researchers and think tankers do not get to build many of these skills...

January 25, 2021 - February 6, 2021
Cutting-edge communications

Effective communication is central to being a successful think tanks or advocacy group. It is a critical part of shaping policy and practice. To ensuring that research is relevant. That evidence and analysis gets to decision-makers when they need it, and how they need it. Over eight modules, this course...

May 2, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Short course: Doing policy relevant research

A think tank’s research agenda is a vital part of its DNA; it reveals several aspects of an organisation. External audiences, whether donors, government officials, or other think tanks that may either be competing or searching for alliances, will try to make sense of your research agenda to determine your...

June 1, 2017 - June 8, 2017
Short Course: Rethinking your funding model

Funding is a key concern for every think tank due to how it affects its sustainability, the way people work, and the type of research that is conducted, as well as the potential for having sustained policy influence. Even though there is an ample offering of capacity building activities that...

May 1, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Short course: Strategic governance and management for think tanks

The subject of think tank governance and management rarely gets the attention that the fields of research and communications receive. However, poor governance arrangements and limited management capacity are most likely to explain any shortfalls in research quality and communication impact. Executive director transitions can put the survival of the think...

November 1, 2017 - November 8, 2017
Short course: Writing to achieve policy impact

Publications are one of the most important products produced by think tanks. While communication techniques are evolving and many organisations now use a mix of social media, data visualisation, podcasts, and events to help expose their research, the existence of a solid and well-written research report is a prerequisite. Though...

July 10, 2018 - July 17, 2018
Short Course: Using video to communicate policy research

As our global media landscape changes, think tanks that hope to have an impact on both policy decisions and public opinion must engage their audiences in diverse ways. Video has become an increasingly critical part of a comprehensive think tank communications strategy. When used well, video can be an effective...

May 1, 2017 - May 8, 2017
Short Course: Creating effective data visualisations

Data visualisations are playing an increasingly important role in today’s information-rich society. This is especially true among think tanks, where translating complex ideas and data into accessible and relevant information is at the heart of what they do. This course explores basic data visualisation practice with design theory. It shares...

June 12, 2017 - June 19, 2017
Short course: Advocating to influence people, politics and policies

Most think tanks consciously seek to influence what powerful institutions do. A few years ago, a prominent American politician left Congress to lead a large think tank because, he explained, working for that think tank would give him greater power to influence US politics and policy. However, many other think...

October 10, 2017 - October 17, 2017
Short course: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence

The literature on how to monitor, evaluate and learn (MEL) about policy influence is abundant. However, instructions on specific practices, particularly in developing countries, are quite scarce. This short course helps participants to sift through the key frameworks and look at benefits and challenges, in a way that is practical...

September 8, 2016 - September 15, 2016
School for Thinktankers September 2021 – Special Edition

Los líderes de think tanks deben ser más que excelentes investigadores, también debe ser gerentes, networkers, comunicadores, etc. El School for Thinktankers está diseñado para preparar y apoyar el desarrollo integral de thinktankers, y aprender sobre las múltiples dimensiones que conlleva trabajar y liderar un centro de investigación. El School...

September 20, 2021 - October 1, 2021


If you would like to find out more about the OTT School's learning opportunities, please email us: