DIIS Theory and Methodology for Multi-scale Think Tank Issues

PAN Jiaofeng1 YANG Guoliang1 LIU Huihui1

(1.Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100190)

【Abstract】In the process of advancing the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity, the important role of think tanks becomes increasingly prominent. Because of the comprehensive crossover characteristics, the think tank research problem is manifested as different-scale research problems. The research process follows the general and common methods of the think-tank Data–Information–Intelligence– Solution (DIIS) theory and has different key elements and steps. Grasping these key elements and steps and forming different-scale DIIS methods can provide effective tools and methods for individuals, research groups, and research teams to investigate the think-tank research problems. From the perspective of crossover, relevance, and complexity, this study analyzes the characteristics of large-scale, medium-scale, and small-scale think tank problems, and develops the process of dividing the scale of think tank problems. Secondly, large-scale, medium-scale, and small-scale think tank DIIS methods are proposed based on the DIIS theory, and the relationships of them are investigated. Finally, the DIIS writing specifications of think tanks of different scales are developed in order to ensure normative and high-quality think tank research and to better play the role of the think tanks.

【Keywords】 think tank; DIIS; multi-scale; think tank research method;


【Funds】 Emergency Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71741032) Major Research Project of the National Social Science Fund of China (18VZL003)

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CN: 11-1806/N

Vol 34, No. 07, Pages 785-796

July 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Scale division of think tank issues
  • 2 DIIS theory and methodology for multi-scale think tank issues
  • 3 DIIS writing specifications of multi-scale think tank reports
  • 4 Conclusions
  • References