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Mentoring: what to keep in mind

Kirsty McNeill shares excellent advice on mentoring. She outlines the difference between mentors, coaches and sponsors and provides tips to get it right. In light of the interested there is from think tank leaders and their supporters to use mentors this post, from WonkComms, is very useful.

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Social scientists have a real opportunity to influence what politicians say in the run-up to the General Election

Academic researchers should have their say in holding policy promises to account. In this post first published on the LSE's Impact of Social Sciences blog, Jonathan Breckon charts the various activities around the country aimed at providing a rigorous evidence-base in the run-up to the UK’s General Election. A whole range of economists, statisticians, social scientists and others are fact-checking what politicians and pundits say so that they don’t get away with iffy promises or sound-bites. But the challenge in the boom of fact-checkers is getting the quality right.

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Research access initiatives to support think tanks’ research

Jon Harle from INASP writes about the organisation's offer of free access to academic journals to think tanks in developing countries. INASP negotiates with over 50 publishers to ensure that researchers in developing countries have access to their journals. Find out if your country is included and how to benefit from this service.

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Towards a global agenda on think tank transparency

Calling think tanks to join a new initiative to promote think tank transparency around the world: After hard deliberation a group of think tank leaders and thinkers have developed a call to action for think tank transparency. If you want to learn more about it and join the effort, read along and add you name!

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Stocktaking on Research Quality at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

In this post Andrea Ordoñez writes about research quality. She identified three levels of responsibility: the individual, the organisation, and society. She argues that to deliver high quality research all three need to be addressed.

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The On Think Tanks Interview: Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director, CIES (Peru)

In this interview, Javier Portocarrero, Executive Director of CIES in Peru tells us about his own experience, the challenges he has faced on the job, and his achievements. He views that Peruvian think tanks' face an important funding challenge: foreign funding is rapidly shrinking. The interview is also in Spanish.

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PLAAS seeks to influence land reform policy through media debate

In this post Rebecca Pointer outlines the approach that the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of Cape Town uses to influence land reform policy in the 2014 South African elections. PLAAS' approach emphasises media engagement.

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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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