Organising effective policy research teams – the case of INR

Interesting clues from the US State Department’s INR, according to this week’s report by Dylan Matthews:

  1. Most INR analysts have a PhD – some have professorships – and have worked on their topic area for an average of 14 years. There are few generalists.
  2. The organisation is relatively small and analyses tend to be written by individuals rather than large teams.
  3. Analysts work with State Department policymakers and so have a clearer understanding of what information is most useful to them.