Tiffany Jenkins, director of the Arts and Society program at the Institute of Ideas, discusses the challenge for think tanks in influencing policy development, as well as the broader role for think tanks in public engagement.

In September 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the CIGI Campus and its 10th anniversary, CIGI hosted a conference on the topic of its very existence: "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" The event featured a keynote address and three roundtable discussions with Canadian and international experts on the role of social media in policy innovation, whether governments care more about politics than policy, and the issue of influence - who has it and how to get it.
The opinions expressed in this article/multimedia are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of CIGI or its Board of Directors.