How we work
The TESS Toolbox
TESS facilitates meetings in a range of formats, wherever possible in partnership with others. TESS meetings may be large and open, or small, intimate and off-the-record, calibrated to the particular requirements flowing from the objective and participants. Meetings may focus on improving public awareness of critical policy issues or facilitating greater engagement by diverse stakeholders. They may also include informal trust building or honest exchange exercises; expert roundtables or high-level discussions among decision-makers; or more formal working groups with clearly defined target outcomes.
TESS works to serve as a bridge between Geneva-based stakeholders and those beyond Geneva. TESS actively liaises and and advises to help connect intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), governments, stakeholders and academics in and beyond Geneva to relevant actors and policy-relevant information resources, and to enable and catalyse cooperation.
TESS produces policy briefings in accessible formats to inform dialogues, roundtables or intergovernmental meetings, with a focus on helping policymakers keep abreast of the diversity of policy reports, analyses, perspectives on key topics. TESS seeks to curate, profile and amplify research by others. It supports collective brainstorming on policy-relevant research agendas and lessons learned.
TESS works with partners to address capacity gaps through: (i) regular information-sharing and that briefings can enhance the ability of those working outside the multilateral setting to track and engage in ongoing policy discussions, and (ii) efforts to connect developing country stakeholders to potential project partners and policymaking processes.