Authors: Mattias Goldmann, Andreas Bergström
Supported by Fores
Explaining just what a think tank does is not an easy task. Quantifying the results of the think tank’s work is often solved by reporting activities such as conferences held, politicians met or publications launched. When pressed to deliver “real” short term results, the think tank risks falling into the trap of being too close to policy or to mimic the work of consultants or lobbyists. On the other hand, not focusing on results may result in inefficiency and complacency, and may lead to funders withdrawing their support.
This report builds on experiences from several ELF members and from evaluations of think tanks outside the liberal sphere. Although there is no evaluation model that fits every organisation, the examples, general advice and questionnaires in this report should provide useful inspiration.