Project Details


Peer Review Evaluation and Standards for Georgian Think Tanks Peer Review, Evaluation, and Standards for Georgian Think Tanks 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 (i.e., 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, nine Tbilisi-based think tanks have received 12-month grants to work on issues related to sustainable economic development, education, and health. New grantees are eligible to receive up to $50,000 through open grant competitions, and previously successful G-PAC Page 2 of 5 grantees can receive up to $75,000 through closed competitions. Each EWMI G-PAC think tank grantee is offered capacity development opportunities in the form of demanddriven trainings, study tours, and mentoring from US and Central and Eastern European (CEE) experts. EWMI G-PACs programming seeks to develop the research and advocacy capacity of Georgian think tanks. Feedback from EWMI G-PAC mentors and grantees, as well as a 2011 evaluation of Georgian think tanks, identified the need for a peer review system and standards for ethics and quality as mechanisms for quality control. Additionally, USAID has requested that EWMI G-PAC conduct an evaluation of its think tank grantees in the third year of the project. The partnership between ASU and EWMI G-PAC outlined in this SOW will meet these three needs. EWMI G-PACs primary partner at ASU will be the Melikian Center. The Melikian Center ( 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.
Effective start/end date12/13/123/1/14


  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): $84,195.00


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