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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

Think tanks are on the agenda in India: Skills, Scale and Speed

Think tanks find it difficult to fundraise in developing countries. Outside of the usual international development agencies, few domestic private funders exist. The new Indian Government offers new arguments in favour of funding think tanks that should be considered by think tanks and their supporters alike. If it is good for India (and China) ...

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Think tank rankings and awards: rigged, futile, or useful

Are all think tank awards useless? In this article I argue that awards can be developed to celebrate good work, increase the visibility of think tanks in their societies, and contribute to the development of the think tank community as a whole. After reviewing three rankings: the UPenn go to think tank ranking, the RePEc economics think tanks ranking, and the ICCG environment and energy think tank map and ranking, and compares them with the Prospect Award. I argue that the Prospect Magazine Award offer a model to follow and adapt in different countries and an alternative to global or regional de-contextualised rankings.

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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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Supporting think tanks: 5 ideas for action

We all know that bespoke and think tank led interventions are better than off-the-shelf, regional/global and third-party managed ones. But how can we take a capacity building mechanism like mentoring and scale it up? Is it possible? Should we even try? This post addresses some of these questions and presents 5 possible interventions (not that there are only 5).

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National Think Tank Awards: Premio PODER 2014 in Peru celebrates innovation

Revista PODER and On Think Tanks have launched the Peruvian Think Tank of the Year Award 2014. Peruvian think tanks can apply until 31st August on a number of thematic categories: economic policy, social policy, environment and natural resources, science and innovation, as well as general categories for the best sub-national and national think tanks, and the one to watch.

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Think Tank Quickies (#130)

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

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A manifesto for research-policy funders: publish what you are funding and finding

There are many studies and projects being commissioned by think tank funders and think tanks themselves that aim to solve the same questions. Instead of working together they seem to be working in parallel -and in isolation from one another. In this post I propose a 6-point 'manifesto' for funders to 'sign' (and commit to). It should help save lots of money, encourage more research on these issues by think tanks themselves, and nurture a culture of co-prodution of knowledge.

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On Think Tanks is 4 years old today

On Think Tanks is 4 years old. In this post I share some lessons on blogging about a niche topic. This post is also an invitation to share your views on the blog, its content, and its future.

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Think tanks and communication workshop: a learner’s perspective

In this post, Palash Sanyal from the Centre for Policy Development in Bangladesh reflect on the communications workshop organised in Dhaka last month. He was one of the participants, representing CPD's communications team. In this post he identifies key lessons and highlight some insights from the sessions and the discussion.

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4 Data Visualization Approaches Any Researcher Can Take

Jeff Knezovich, form the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition, has produced a Buzzfeed on the winners. It is worth checking out on two accounts: it outlines really interesting examples of data visualisations and it show how we can use Buzzfeed to discuss serious issues. More than a discussion on data visualisations, however, the post is about how to use them -and this is the most important issue.

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