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Experiences from two DC-based Thinktankers: Women-led Organisations and the Critical Importance of Recognising Care Work

This fourth post from our series on women in think tanks provides a perspective from two DC-based thinktankers. The editor relays feedback from interviews with Claudia Williams, of the Washington Area Women's Foundation, and Tiffany Boiman, of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. The post discusses their experiences in women-led organisations and the importance of recognising workers' care responsibility through organisational policies on family leave and work life balance.

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How established is EU Think Tanks’ use of Twitter to broadcast their policy messages?

This is the first post from a series on Think Tanks and Twitter, by Luca Barani. The series focuses on the main challenges and opportunities Think Tanks face when addressing their ideas through social media. In this post, a comparison is made between the outreach of the tweetosphere EU think tanks compared to US-based think tanks and other countries such as Canada and the UK.

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More Women in Government, More Women in Think Tanks

In this post of our series on Women in Think Tanks, Ruth Levine, discusses the value of matching diversity in public policy with think tanks and scholars and of having women engaged in policy research in contexts where women are increasingly serving as elected representatives and appointed officials. She touches on the benefits of increased representation for think tanks in having their voices heard and suggests strategies for fostering women’s participation in think tanks.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to… create interactive dashboards with Tableau Public

In this post, Jeff Knezovich explains how to create interactive dashboards with Tableau Public. It is part of a series of posts on How to develop Data Visualisations for think tanks

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Perspectives from a Former Think Tank Director on the Gender Dynamics of Knowledge Organisations

In the second post from the Women in Think Tanks series, Priyanthi Fernando discusses how the issue of women’s participation in think tanks can lead to assume that the nature of think tanks is that of gendered organisations, which base their organisational culture on the binary relationship between women and men. She further discusses problems arising from this categorisation based on her own personal experience working and leading a Sri Lankan think tank for ten years.

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Women in Think Tanks: Thinking about gender and equal opportunity in think tanks

This is the first post of the new On Think Tanks series on Women in Think Tanks edited by Meghan Froehner. In this introductory post, Meghan outlines the series and talks about how her own experience has been reflected by this issue. She sums up with an introduction of the contributors and the themes they will discuss. This series will be updated weekly, so expect more posts coming soon.

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Thinking strategically to ‘Catch’ the Media’s Attention

Arushi Sen writes about CSTEP's experience working with the media in India. She argues that the media is a political and economic player and that a think tank's strategy towards it must take this into account.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to…animate a map to see changes over time using CartoDB

We've already seen one of the ways that we can develop maps using Google FusionTables. But that method gives us points on a map that don't change over time. This How To on Data Visualisation shows how to animate a map using CartoDB.

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It works both ways: American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics

Till Bruckner reviews and presents highlights of a bestselling book in Germany written by journalist Udo Ulfkotte, which discusses the consequences of think tanks being funded by foreign governments.

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Visualising data: both a science and an art

Data visualisation is both an art and a science. What's more, it requires many different skills to get right, and prioritising just one or two of these skills over the others is disingenuous at best. What we need to be talking about is building a comprehensive set of skills – whether they lie in one person or across teams – including research, technology, design and communication.

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