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The international think tank: 10 ways to raise your profile and become a global player

This post presents 10 ways to raise a think tank's international profiles and, eventually, become a global player. It provides approaches that range from very easy and cheap to very expensive and complex.

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What makes a great city for think tanks?

What makes a city attract think tanks and encourage their formation? Is being close to centres of government a necessary condition? Bangalore, in India, offers an excellent case to study the factors that encourage think tank formation and development.

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Five lessons about the use of evidence in public policy in Peru

The Peruvian Alliance for Useful Evidence exists to promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Peru. Over the last few months, it has organised several meetings and events with members of organisations from the public and private sector, civil society organisations and the international community, in order to discuss this issue. This post presents 5 lessons learned in the process.

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What can Indonesian Research Institutes Learn from Chinese Think Tanks?

Study tours had fallen out of fashion. The Knowledge Sector Initiative in Indonesia may be leading their revival. A recent visit by 16 Indonesian think tanks to China provides an interesting insight into Chinese think tanks and on the lessons that may be learned through a study tour.

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Researching a murky subject: definitions, questions, and methods

On Think Tanks has launched an online conference on studying think tanks. This post reports on the pre-launch event in London in August 2015. It serves as a discussion article to inform the series of webinars and deals with the definition of think tanks, the questions that need to be asked about them, and the methods that could be used.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Miguel Pulido, former Executive Director of FUNDAR in Mexico

Miguel Pulido, former Executive Director of the Mexican think tank FUNDAR, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about his arrival to the executive direction, the initial challenges he faced in strengthening the think tank, the transition and how he intends to capitalize what he learned in for future plans. Miguel offers excellent advice to any current and future think tank director.

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The On Think Tank Interview: Djibéry Doucoure and Mohamed Fadel Ball, from Mauritanie Perspectives

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks. But when the country held its first think tank summit earlier this year, seven different organisations were present. One of them was Mauritanie Perspectives. Till Bruckner spoke with their chief administrator and project manager for this new entry on African think tanks.

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The next capacity development “thing”: Management for Researchers

We have seen important improvements in think tanks' communications capacities. It is time that we focused on management. Enrique Mendizabal argues that the next big push in think tank capacity building should focus "management for researchers" -which is not the same as project management.

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How To Make Compelling Policy Video: A Production Guide for Think Tanks

Think tanks are increasingly turning to videos to communicate their research. But are they spending enough time planning and distributing them? In this post, Michael Kleiman, provides research based advice on planning, producing and distributing videos for think tanks.

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Live event – Approaching a murky subject: what is a think tank?

What the video of the event on Studying Think Tanks and engage with Twitter and comments.

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