Peer Review Evaluation and Standards for Georgian Think Tanks

Project: Research project

Description

Scope of Work (SOW) Peer Review, Evaluation, and Standards for Georgian Think Tanks Arizona State University and EWMI G-PAC Period of Performance: December 14, 2013 June 30, 2014 1. General Description of Work A team of policy experts from ASU will continue their successful partnership with EWMI G-PAC and Georgian think tanks by reviewing think tank proposals and policy papers. Professor Steven Batalden, Director of ASUs Milikian Center, will lead the teams work, and Professor Robert Melnick, Director of ASUs Global Institute of Sustainability, and Jason Swantek, EWMI G-PACs Public Policy Advisor, will oversee the project. The components of this SOW will be completed between December 14, 2013 and June 30, 2014. 2. Background The Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) project aims to strengthen civil societys role in advocating for and influencing the development and effective implementation of public policy reforms in Georgia. G-PAC focuses on the four following complementary objectives: Strengthen the advocacy and watchdog roles of CSOs as advocates for an empowered citizenry; Improve public policy discourse, research and analysis leading to the development of viable policy options which reflect the citizenrys needs for governments action; Enhance the institutional capacity of universities in the areas of public policy, public administration and political science; and Develop strong networks of CSOs throughout Georgia and strengthen their connections to media, and constituencies. Through a combination of information-sharing, demand-driven capacity building, and grant making, the G-PAC project implements two components: (i) a comprehensive technical assistance and grants program benefiting Georgian think tanks, local and regional CSOs and networks/coalitions engaged in policy analysis and advocacy; and (ii) the establishment of a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program. EWMI G-PACs Think Tank Support Grants (TTSG) Program supports organizations whose primary focus is policy research and analysis (ie, think tanks). Their projects must foster informed public debate and policy-making, including comprehensive analysis of key issues facing Georgia, concrete recommendations for addressing problems, wide dissemination of findings, and follow-up advocacy targeting the public and decision-makers. To date, 12 Tbilisi-based think tanks have received 12-month grants to work on issues related to sustainable economic development, agriculture, education, health, and the rights of minority and socially vulnerable populations. Think tank grantees are eligible to receive up to $75,000. Each EWMI G-PAC think tank grantee is offered capacity development Page 2 of 3 opportunities in the form of demand-driven trainings, study tours, and mentoring from US and Central and Eastern European (CEE) experts. To help meet these capacity development needs, EWMI G-PAC and ASU partnered from December 2012 to December 2013 to: (1) develop as set of standards for ethics and quality for Georgian think tanks, (2) conduct a G-PAC mid-term assessment of the Georgian policy research environment, and (3) provide feedback to think tank grantees on their research methodology and draft policy papers produced as part of EWMI G-PAC-funded projects. This partnership led to the adoption of ethical and quality standards by 16 Georgian think tanks, an assessment that informed the think tank activities proposed in EWMI G-PACs Year 4 Work Plan, and feedback that improved the quality of think tank projects and was well-received by participating think tanks. As the agreement between ASU and EWMI GPAC is ending, this SOW seeks to extend the methodology and policy paper reviews through the end of EWMI G-PAC. EWMI G-PACs primary partner at ASU will again be the Melikian Center. The Melikian Center (http://melikian.asu.edu) was established in 1984, and is now an endowed university unit of the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Center oversees a comprehensive program of international research, training, and outreach, including a wide range of professional and academic training programs. Its international development projects have been funded by grants from the US Departments of State, Defense, and Education, as well as by USAID, Higher Education for Development, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Having directed more than $5 million in project funding over the past five years, the Melikian Center specializes in both the D& G (democracy and governance) and EG (Economic Growth and Competitiveness) sectors. Additionally, the Center maintains overseas educational partnerships with eleven institutions of higher learning in Eastern Europe and Eurasia through its Critical Languages Institute.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/9/149/15/14

Funding

  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): $80,080.00

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