Impact & Innovation Lab

To meet the requirements of an evolving political environment, think tanks need to create new approaches to research, knowledge transfer and political consulting. Demand is growing for initiatives, which can channel the potential of all sectors of society – including that of both their processes and outputs – to provide comprehensive solutions for today’s global challenges.

Against this background, DGAP founded the Impact & Innovation Lab in 2017. It’s a space for researching and experimenting with new ways of gaining foreign policy insights and making them accessible. In the lab, we develop innovative formats through which we analyze, debate, and provide counsel on topics of pressing concern to global affairs. We synthesize our foreign policy expertise, project management skills, and creative methods to provide decision-makers in politics, business, and civil society support with optimal support – empowering them to devise and implement effective, solution-oriented policies. Through the Impact & Innovation Lab, we not only foster the work of the political sector, but also – through professional development, counsel, and pilot projects – the work of our staff and of colleagues at other think tanks.

Through our collaborations and co-creative processes with multiple stakeholders, we gain new perspectives and develop forward-looking solutions.

Key topics:

  • Creating and implementing formats for strategy, debate, and professional development
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating pilot projects
  • Providing consulting and moderation services


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Past events

Official Visual of the OTT Conference
10:00 | 20 - 22 Apr 2021

Think Tanks and Change

On Think Tanks Conference 2021 in Partnership with DGAP (Online)
13:00 - 14:00 | 13 Apr 2021

Virtuelle Machtspiele

Chancen und Risiken von Videospielen für die Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik
DGAP Regionalforum München
Web Talk
Creative Bureaucracy
10:00 - 12:00 | 01 Oct 2020

"Games for Impact"

Videospiele für die politische Kommunikation nutzen
Think Tank Veranstaltung
Web Talk


Cybersecurity for Think Tanks

How to Create Safer Spaces for Sensitive Conversations Online in times of Corona
Claire Luzia Leifert
Online Commentary