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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

Register for the 1st International Online Conference: Studying think tanks (September – October 2015)

This international online conference, possibly the first of its kind, aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the study of think tanks across the world. The sessions provide an opportunity to discuss research methods to further understand these organisations and their impact on politics and society more broadly. Sign-up to join the webinars as a participant.

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Who funds think tanks? An excellent tool to find out

The Foundation Center offers an excellent resource to track funding for think tanks across the world: The Foundation Map provides really exiting insights into the funding of think tanks (and other organisations) across the world.

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Insights into the relationship between think tanks and policymakers

CSTEP, in India, has published the 4th edition of their Aditi Bulletin. Aditi deals with a number of interesting issues related to think tanks from the perspective of the South Asian region. It also offers an interesting effort from a research centre in a developing country to study think tanks and their environment -something that On Think Tanks has always advocated for.

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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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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 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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What does impact mean for think tanks?

Think tanks in the UK, like academics and think tanks across the world, also need to think about impact. What is it and how can it be measured? Learn about what three leading think tanks do to address these questions

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What does the future of think tanks communications hold? A conversation with John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox

John Schwartz, Managing Director at Soapbox, talks about the future of think tank communications. He outlines three trends: digital first, the rise of narratives, and automation. All of these have important implications for think tanks and their supporters.

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