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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

What is the upshot from our meditation on context as it relates to think tanks?

This last post on the effect of context on think tanks presents a way forward from the research. Elizabeth Brown offers a framework and a series of questions that think tanks can use to manage key decisions strategically.

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Think Tanks and Universities: not just a communications’ partnership

Think tanks and universities can work together to maximise the impact of the latter's research. They may also undertake research together and can provide interesting career paths for their own staff. But think tanks and universities can also come together in a win-win funding for research partnership. This post takes inspiration from IDS' model in the UK to suggest a model of collaboration relevant for some developing countries.

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What is the state of research on think tanks and context?

This is the second post in a series looking at think tanks and their contexts. Elizabeth Brown outlines the methodological details of a study undertaken by Results for Development and the University of Washington addressing a crucial question: how to study think tanks and their context?

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Introduction to the series on think tanks and context

Context matters when it comes to think tanks. That much we know. But how does it affect think tanks exactly and what can they do about it? This new series of think tanks and their context edited by by Elizabeth Brown, Aprille Knox, and Courtney Tommie.

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Public events where policy arguments take center stage: Batalla de Ideas

New forms of public policy debate can be entertaining, inclusive and enlightening. Think tanks ought to consider different ways of encouraging a wider and deeper discussion between experts and the public. Batalla de Ideas in Peru, offers some lessons.

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A national ranking of influence: Chinese and American models

Two think tank rankings have been published recently: one for Chinese think tanks and one for US think tanks. Both have been developed by think tanks themselves and both have attempted to be as context specific and objective as possible. While they use different methods they offer an excellent opportunity for comparative research on think tanks.

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Want to be relevant? Learn how politics work -and have fun in the process

Comedy about politics serves other purposes beside entertainment. They can foster a richer political environment in which think tanks may be able to make greater contributions.

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Mentoring: what to keep in mind

Kirsty McNeill shares excellent advice on mentoring. She outlines the difference between mentors, coaches and sponsors and provides tips to get it right. In light of the interested there is from think tank leaders and their supporters to use mentors this post, from WonkComms, is very useful.

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Research access initiatives to support think tanks’ research

Jon Harle from INASP writes about the organisation's offer of free access to academic journals to think tanks in developing countries. INASP negotiates with over 50 publishers to ensure that researchers in developing countries have access to their journals. Find out if your country is included and how to benefit from this service.

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Towards a global agenda on think tank transparency

Calling think tanks to join a new initiative to promote think tank transparency around the world: After hard deliberation a group of think tank leaders and thinkers have developed a call to action for think tank transparency. If you want to learn more about it and join the effort, read along and add you name!

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