Experts Meeting “EU Presidency Assessment – Governance and Impact Power” (2014)

October 7, 2014 to October 7, 2014

The Experts Meetings “EU PRESIDENCY ASSESSMENT – GOVERNANCE AND IMPACT POWER” was organised by LECSA in cooperation with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, University of Latvia as well as International Renaissance Foundation on 7 October 2014 at the University of Latvia, Room 240 (Raiņa blv.19, Riga, Latvia).

Discussion with representatives from Ukrainian think tanks and NGO leaders about Democratic Practice Program Initiative at the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in Ukraine. The IRF implements the Think Tank Development Initiative in cooperation with the Think Tank Fund and SIDA. The main aim of the visit is to learn about experiences EU Member States in two distinct areas of think tank operation and functioning – internal governance and research management.


On governance:

  • How do you identify strategic priorities for your organization?
  • Who advises you, as director, and your senior management team when you think of your organizational development and growth?
  • How do you develop core documents – strategic/organizational development plan, fundraising strategy, conflict of interest policy, etc.?
  • How did you set up your governing board? What were the considerations and the process guiding your decisions?
  • What are the biggest challenges you have in developing your think tank and how have you been addressing them?
  • How do you approach staff compensation and development to ensure equal treatment and motivate more talented employees?
  • In Ukraine it is difficult to find and recruit talent to think tanks. How do you attract young analysts?
  • Many donors are beginning to require elaborate procedures to meet specific transparency and reporting requirements. How do you develop and meet those with limited staff capacity?

On research:

  • How do you decide which issues your think tank would research in the next 6-12 months? How much of it is your interest, funding availability, a potential policy window?
  • Do you use any systems to track research production when it is in progress to make sure deadlines are met and there is enough time for quality control?
  • How do you approach research projects once you figure out your staff does not have enough internal expertise to write on an issue?
  • How do you engage external consultants for research and make sure that you build in-house expertise on issues at the same time?
  • Who performs quality control in your organization?
  • How do you get new methodological knowledge and expertise?
  • Many junior staff are poorly trained in writing and analysis. How do you remedy these weaknesses?
  • If you have research and non-research projects, how do you balance staff involvement in two different types of activities?

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