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Aditi: a new resource on think tanks and for think tanks

Center for Study o­­­f Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) in India is launching a new resource for and on think tanks. Adit has been redesigned as an issue-based blog. The first issue is focused on funding.

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CSDS: Five decades of Understanding Electoral Politics in India

In this post, Sanjay Kumar, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), outlines the think tank's work on elections in India. CSDS has one of the largest body of information and knowledge on elections outside Europe and North America. A key lessons is that think tanks can influence elections by studying them.

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The IEA presidential debates: 15 years of upholding electoral accountability

This post is part of a series on think tanks and elections around the world. Mrs. Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), shares IEA's experience since 2000 in organising Presidential Debates in Ghana.

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Think tanks and elections: a series on experiences from around the world

This new series on think tanks and elections introduces new initiatives from around the world. It complements a series focused on Latin America and illustrates a new Page on On Think Tanks.

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Will Donor Commitments Lift the Lid on Think Tank Finances?

Think tanks' transparency is not think tanks' responsibility alone. Their funders are responsible for it , too. International development funders could go a long way by making all their funding of think tanks -certainly those aboard- public. Andrea Davis writes about IATI and the opportunity it provides.

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How on earth do you measure the impact of your events?

Caroline Cassidy writes about a novel approach to measuring the impact of public events. The post provides practical advice on how to design and use M&E tools for events. She argues that since not all events have the same objectives, not all events should be evaluated using the same indicators.

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The On Think Tanks interview: Fernando Masi, Director and one of the founders of CADEP (Paraguay)

Fernando Masi, founder and director of CADEP, a Paraguayan think tank, talks to On Think Tanks' Leandro Echt about the origins of the centre and the challenges it faces today. Like many other founding directors, he has to steward CADEP into the hands of a new generation of think tank leaders.

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Managing budgets in a Think Tank

Eva Cardoso, an experienced think tank administrator writes about managing budgets for think tanks. She uses the project cycle to describe the various stages of budget design, monitoring and closure. She also outlines the different roles and skills that are necessary for an adequate budget management. Finally, she presents useful templates for think tanks to use.

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How transparent are Spanish Think Tanks? A DIY rating with Transparify’s framework

Think tank transparency is emerging as a key issue for 2015. Being influential and popular is no longer enough when it comes to assessing think tanks' value. In this post, 48 Spanish think tanks have been rated using Transparify's method. The authors also offer useful and practical advice to the think tanks.

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TTDATAVIS how to series: How to capture and structure data from websites using Import.io

As part of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition (TTDATAVIS), we have been producing a series of how to posts and videos spanning data capture, data cleaning and data visualisation. We'll be cross-posting the videos on our main blog, but the full posts with instructions are available on the TTDATAVIS website.

In this how to, we explore one aspect of Import.io, which is a massively powerful free piece of software that can help to scrape information from websites.

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