Master’s Thesis: How do Foundations evaluate Think Tanks?

The interest in telling apart what works from what doesn’t is widespread in the philanthropic community, particularly in organizations that devote their efforts to policy change in the United States and around the globe. With the goal of maximizing the efficiency of their grants, prominent foundations, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have confronted the need for specific methods in monitoring and evaluation that can be applied to the work of the nonprofits they support.

Credit: W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Logic Development Guide (2004)

However, little attention has been paid so far to the relationships between research-oriented organizations and the foundations that support them –with good reasons: it is extremely hard to prove the impact and utilization of a policy report.

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