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Posts by Enrique Mendizabal

Submit an interactive data visualisation now!

Do not miss the opportunity to win excellent prizes for your excellent data visualisations. The second round of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is open until the end of the week. This time is the turn of interactive visualisations.

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A quick and dirty Transparify-like analysis of Latin American think tanks

This post presents another Quick and Dirty Transparify rating of a group of Latin American think tanks. It is intended as a kick starter for a greater conversation on Transparency and, hopefully, a DIY trend.

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Transparency for think tanks: the latest fashion or an urgent reform?

This post was written by Orazio Bellettini, Executive Director of Grupo FARO in Ecuador. It presents ideas and reflections generated on the panel “From Research to Impact, from Transparency to Independence” included in the Latin American Think Tanks Summit organized by the Getulio Vargas Foundation. Orazio considers some of the arguments for and against greater transparency.

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Transparify is about to begin rating think tanks transparency credentials

Transparify is about to start rating think tanks transparency. This is your chance to go through your websites and try to make sure that it is easy to find the right information about funding -amounts, sources, and uses.

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What happens when foreign donors leave (and they will)? Domestic funders wanted

Foreign funding for think tanks has raised a few eyebrows lately. There is an increasing concern that this involves meddling with domestic politics. In developing countries this comes alongside an already very drying up of foreign funds for research. Domestic funders, especially corporations, foundations and individual philanthropists will have to step in to pick up the bill. Think tanks, however, will have to rethink how they raise funds and work if they want to tap into this opportunity.

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Think tanks, communication, and impact

Francesc Quintana has developed a model to monitor the impact of think tanks: A Tracking Outcome System, understood as part of the internal self-learning process by which a Think Tank defines its mission and goals, internal organisation, resources provision and allocation, communication plan and action plan. In this post he outlines the model and describes how it may be put into practice.

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Celebrating and learning about think tanks

The Premio PODER to think tank in Peru has provided an opportunity to celebrate the good work of think tanks but also to learn quite a lot about them. It has offered insights into the definition of think tank in the country, their business models, their contributions to society, and their influencing approaches. This blog outlines some of these lessons and argues that this is a model that could be replicated in other countries.

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Criticism or defamation?

What happens when a think tank critiques the government? Not much should happen. But what happens if the government and their leaders decide to use the law to punish them? Defamation legislation is emerging as a possible risk to think tanks.

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Core vs. project funding for think tanks: Managing development

In this second post, Gjergji Vurmo, Programme Director at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Albania, shares his experience in managing think tank funds. It is not about spending the money in existing or new researchers, he argues, but about developing the right skills and capacities that the organisation needs to deliver in the future -without core funding support.

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Developing a think tank: first hand experience with non-project support

Gjergji Vurmo, Programme Director at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Albania, shares his experience in preparing an application for core funding from the Think Tank Fund. He reflects on the process and offers advice to others planing to follow a similar path. He argues that core funding cannot be treated as business as usual project funding.

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