The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is a nonprofit, independent think tank dedicated to enhancing the quality of public policy debates in the country.
Established in September 2003, CPAS was visualized and supported by a cross-section of India’s intellectuals, academics, social activists, business leaders and institutions of higher learning. We have disseminated our work through a series of seminars, conferences, publications and through the internet. These interactions have helped in shaping a consensual environment for the appreciation of the need for prudent and calibrated reforms in India’s development policy. More recently, CPA has expanded its mandate to weigh in on India’s foreign policy discourse.
CPA seeks to:
- Aid and impact formulation of policies and evolve policy alternatives.
- Shape an intellectual climate conducive to effective implementation of these policies.
- Strengthen India’s democratic institutions to enable coherent, reasoned and consistent policy-making.
- Provide critical inputs representing a broad section of opinion to improve governance.
- Accelerate the quest for equitable economic development in India.
- To facilitate a consensus and offer impartial analyses on critical foreign policy issues, such as the border dispute between India and China or the conflict in Afghanistan.
Connecting with the policy community
Since its inception, CPAS has envisaged a strategy of targeting opinion makers in the intelligentsia, the media, and national and provincial law makers as ultimate users of our research outputs.
Given CPAS’ size and its resource base, we have opted for a targeted and cost-effective strategy of engaging directly with policymakers and relevant audiences that typically shape consensus in the Indian context. If the research theme involves a critical issue we occasionally collaborate with other think tanks to disseminate our output. All our studies and publications are distributed to Members of Parliament, senior government officials and media leaders.
We use three principal media for dissemination and interaction -
- Published Reports or Policy Briefs – typically 8,000-10,000 words, these are the product of research projects undertaken to address a policy question or challenge a conventional viewpoint with a view to initiate a broader debate.
- Targeted Seminars – Usually a day long, we invite a reputed panel of experts to offer their perspectives on a contemporary policy issue followed by a high quality interaction with the audience. If the seminar attracts media attention, we occasionally publish a separate report of the proceedings that is disseminated to a larger audience.
- Round Tables – Usually lasts for several hours where a senior bureaucrat or accomplished academic initiates a small discussion that is attended by other leaders of the think tank community. CPAS offers a useful forum for knowledgeable personalities to reveal their insights and perspectives on a sensitive policy theme that would normally remain confined to a governmental level discourse. Abiding by Chatham House rules, CPAS conceptualizes and summarizes the results of these round tables in a format that a decision maker would find relevant.
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