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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

Selecting different ways to reach audiences: a strategically ongoing effort

In this third post in the series on audience segmentation and development Vanesa Weyrauch offers some practical advice on which communication tools may work best for some of the main think tank audiences.

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Audience Development: Can we have a meeting to discuss the dissemination of my research report?

lair Grant-Salmon, at IIED, writes about audience development, what it is and what it can do for a think tank. It highlights that rather than focusing on frameworks and tools to make decisions, centres need conversations between people to make the best possible decision.

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Think Tank Quickies

A weekend reading list courtesy of Think Tank Watch: a news source about think tanks around the world.

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A new political economy of research uptake: overview from studies in Latin America, Africa and Asia

This posts summarises a number of studies produced by ODI, IDEA International and others between 2009 and 2012 on the political economy of research uptake. It presents cases from South America, Africa and Asia, edited books and other resources.

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The challenge of communicating with different actors: is segmentation a good investment for think tanks?

Vanesa Weyrauch writes about segmenting audiences: if think tanks audiences are different should think tanks not have different communication approaches for each one of them? She reports on a study conducted with ASIES, in Guatemala, and provides some conceptual and practical advice.

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Think Tank Initiative Evaluation: some ideas for the evaluators

The call for proposals for the second phase of the Think Tank Initiative presents an opportunity to reflect on what such an evaluation should entail. This 'wish-list' brings together some of the ideas presented in this blog over the years in an effort to encourage more and better applications.

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What think tanks do? A view from India

Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, writes about the functions and main activities of think tanks. This is the second of a series of three posts written for the Aiditi project at CSTEP, which aims to capture information, anecdotes and data from various Think Tanks.

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A Think Tank History: A view from India

In this post (the first of three) Neeta Krishna, Associate Professor, Father C Rodrigues Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai, writes about the history of think tanks and in India in particular. She sets the scene for a more in-depth analysis of think tank's functions in a future post. It is part of a series of articles commissioned by the Aiditi project at CSTEP which aims to capture information/ anecdotes/data from various Think Tanks.

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More research and less activism for think tanks in India

In this post, Samar Verma and Anshu Bharadwaj. They outline several of the challenges that think tanks in India face but also make a new and important argument. Efforts like the Think Tank initiative, the Think Tank Fund and the Knowledge Sector Initiative are not just relevant for other international think tanks funders. They offer countries like India possible models to support their own think tank communities.

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Call for Proposals: Evaluation of Phase 2 of the Think Tank Initiative

IDRC has launched a call for proposals for the provision of an independent evaluation team to undertake an evaluation of the second phase of the Think Tank Initiative over 4.5 years. The evaluation will provide periodic, timely and actionable feedback to allow for the adaptive management of the Initiative, as well as providing rigorously documented and validated learning about the program.

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