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New report shares information needs of developing world policymakers

March 5, 2019
The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) has launched its new Policy Community Survey – Global Report, reflecting the views of senior-level policy developers and influencers in 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.

At the heart of any international assistance research project is the need to influence the policies and practices that shape peoples’ lives in developing countries. But how do policymakers in different parts of the world access the evidence that they need to make informed policy decisions?

Commissioned by TTI and carried out by GlobeScan, this report provides insights that will be of interest to researchers and anyone who engages with the policy community in these regions of the world. The report helps to develop a better understanding of the policy community there, including the information needs of elected and non-elected government officials as well as people from the media, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.

The report sheds light on the most important issues to policymakers, with economic and fiscal issues continuing to rank highest across the regions. It documents the respondents’ ease of access to information and what sources they turn to first, while benchmarking changes over time in their perceptions of think tanks.

This publication is the last of a series of Policy Community Surveys; the previous surveys were done in 2010 and 2013.