To ensure research quality, think tanks face the challenge that sometimes there is not enough expertise within the organization.
A potential solution is to bring that expertise from outside the organization. Establishing networks with other organizations such as universities, NGO’s, embassies, and others may help to promote collaborative research and bring more experts from different fields. This knowledge exchange will build internal capacities within the organization through training, courses and new discussions.
Before looking for networks and potential allies, it is important to generate internal guidelines. Then, the organization should identify the fields and relevant expertise required. Finally, it is necessary to reach out the organizations through a networking strategy that includes one-to-one and group meetings, invitations to events and discussions.
Throughout the process, the organization should have clear objectives about the expertise needed and the benefits that the potential allies will obtain.